by Jessie Flowers
I remember the days when a “staycation” sounded lovely. Picturesque images of my family in our home playing Uno and sipping lemonade flooded my mind. Dreams of story-telling, fort-building, movie-watching, and enjoying lots of sleep were included.
Well, 2020 arrived and COVID-19 has offered us all an indefinite “staycation”. All of the above have happened (except for the sleep) and we’ve now reached the next level. At this phase, the shine has worn off and we are all now seeing its grievous shadowy sides.
Here are some of my observations:
The couch is now a trampoline. I’ve stopped fighting it at this point. Jumping seems to be a requirement for my four year old’s sanity. Our carpet – a cereal bowl. Yep, I find a new Cheerio every 5 minutes. Even after I’ve just vacuumed. Approximately 3.5 million flecks of glitter cover surfaces like an unwanted electric flannel blanket in the sweaty heat of summer. It’s so bad that I keep finding it on my infant’s head. We need Terminix, but for glitter removal. Clutter is growing like kudzu around here. There’s nothing quite like stepping on a LEGO on your way to grab your third breakfast of the day. Which, by the way, snacking has become the new fad diet of 2020. I have to walk in place while homeschooling just to try to counteract the amount of Easter candy I’ve eaten.
Not to mention what happens when you add work to a “staycation”. I am convinced that both parents working from home with two little children is equivalent to running on a treadmill with your legs tied together and a squirrel dancing on your head. Uninterrupted time and singular focus has become a thing of the past. People say you shouldn’t multitask. “It’s less efficient”, they say. “It’s stressful”, they say. Welp, yes it is. But today, if I don’t multitask, the government would call it negligence. One child would starve, the other would cry without ceasing, and the house might end up covered in paint and peanut butter. Ok, multi-tasking it is. This is our new normal for now. It is both jarring and a bit terrifying.
Yet, in the midst of it all, I am learning how much I love this messy family. We are laughing more than ever as we find growth and stress in places we hadn’t before. This glorious “staycation” is stretching us and showing us the true meaning of flexibility. I’m finding love abounds in my heart one moment and I come face to face with my fickle selfishness in the next. Most days, friendship with God looks like being honest about what is and asking him for help. There is nothing good here without Him.
So here’s to the Rona Rollercoaster we are all aboard. Let’s enjoy the ride and keep our eyes on Jesus. He’s the lover of our messy souls. He is with us on this wild and wonderful “staycation”.
Let’s make 2 Corinthians 4:16 our anthem for today’s journey.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.