I haven't had a snow day in years, but last week - we experienced a different kind of slowing. Sickness. Personally, I'd rather have a snow day any time than sickness - but there were blessings that have outweighed the inconveniences.
Out of all of us, only Rachel and I were sick and we had two completely different things. So, blessing number one was that three of our family stayed well. Yes, that is a huge blessing!
The blessing of having time to rest, read, do nothing but get well.
The biggest blessing of all came as I realized that I did not go anywhere from dinner time Saturday night until lunch time on Thursday. Let that one sink in. I remember when I was single and, again, working in the school office - when I had time off for Spring Break or something, I would try to see how many days I could make it without going anywhere.
How often do I get to stay home for several days in a row and just enjoy the pleasures of being home? It has been a gift - and David was a huge help in making that a reality. Which reminds me of this quote from Jane Austen:
“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.”
Running out of energy faster than usual, requiring more rest - these things have reminded me to prioritize what needs to be done. What do I really need to be spending my limited energy on?
We had school, meals were fixed and home needs cared for as energy allowed. But, I did not have a to-do list. I just worked as the energy was there. I rested as the energy faded. I have read six books in the last week!
This learning to slow, to prioritize, to realize that doesn't really have to be done right now. To cease hurry and to stay home. This is where the true gift has been for me.
When was the last time you got to spend a concentrated amount of time at home? How would that bless you now?