When I wrote that post on Tuesday, I already had a phone date with Cousin. I also told her in the email I would call our Aunt. Both conversations went really well. Bottom line? I come from good people. I told Aunt what happened with my dad, which she didn’t know. The cousin truly didn’t know anything. We mainly just caught up. It was wonderful. I found out Dad’s pretty sick, but if I lived down the street I probably wouldn’t have found out any sooner. That’s just how my people are.
So yesterday, I can’t concentrate on getting anything done with school mostly finished. It is not energizing to wait around watching 14 year-olds NOT do Algebra.
No matter what the tabloids say.
When they gave up, I did. And after they had stood around in the backyard strategically out of sight, for about half an hour, I leaned out the back door and said, “Clean my house and I’ll take you to [the amusement park]. Ha Ha. It took them, like, 20 minutes. The place sparkled.
The down side? Now I know they are able to do it that fast.
Okay, so it’s weird.
We get there and start walking around. I wait by myself while the kids ride something I can’t ride. And this feeling comes over me. God is going to show me something at the park.
Typing this, I feel foolish. Like people who refer to God speaking to them like Larry King talks to Alec Baldwin.
But it was what it was and I thought, “That’d be nice.” And more or less went on with my on park job of waiting while children ride rides(no, I like it. I people watch.).
At the entrance to the third ride, my kids freak. They ran in all different directions. I couldn’t get there attention to say where to meet or find out who was going where. It was partly the area of the approach, but mostly like herding bouncy, highly energetic cats. Or puppies.
They kind of freaked. And I am standing there trying to holler names and find out where everyone is trying to go and one of them says, “That lady just called your name.”
I spun around. What lady? An adult who knows me? That my kids don’t recognize?
“Maggie, Is it you?”
It was me. It was her.
We stood in the exact middle of the exit. Holding each other and rocking back and forth.
We were friends before kids.
Both of us were new to the church, stayed home even though we had no kids, and needed a friend our age in town. I was from Oklahoma and had worked as a nanny for two years. She was from Brazil. Her husband was in law school and she was alone a good bit.
I was at the hospital when her first baby was born…the girls were 13 months old. His feet were bigger than theirs that day.
All the children gathered around for 3.5 seconds for an introduction, looking all the time like,”Is this going to keep me from going to the next ride?”
It was okay…we started talking. Just like before.
It began to rain.
She had to go.
She told her son, “She was my only friend, then.”
I sat in awe of her as simply amazing. Then, as in a moment, yesterday.
The rain poured down and the kids ran on ahead and I pondered.
I noticed a group whose t-shirt had a Bible verse on it.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
I thought, “Yeah, I need to start doing that.”
But then I realized… What if it was seeking his Kingdom to seek peace with relatives and He added family? What if obedience, like Algebra or housecleaning, is soooooo hard, yet it doesn’t take very long and look at the results? The downside? Now I know I can do it.
Work for two.
Gets one free.