Thursday, October 2, 2008
If some of you have noticed the time of this post and are wondering how I am managing to be at the computer before bedtime, my topic of the evening will explain. When I attended mass last Friday morning Father Joe gave an awesome homily and I have been wanting to share the message with all of you ever since. For some background, all classes of St. Isidores except Kindergarten attend Mass on Fri. so he directs the homily to the kids. The reading that day was Ecclesiastes 3: 1 - 111 "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted . . " etc. So father spoke to the kids about how there is a time to be loud and scream and play - recess of course. And that while it's always good to pray, you really should do those other things at recess instead because if you don't you'll drive your teacher crazy later with all your extra energy. Then he talked about how it's not OK to scream in church, unless Father Joe falls asleep, because that's your time to pray. He then turned to the adults and basically said we should watch the kids around us. He talked about how when it's time to play, they play. They don't worry about what they're not getting done or feel guilty for taking time for themselves. They just play. And when they are working . . . well, sometimes that's not quite the best example for us!! Which brings me to why I'm "blogging" at 7:20 on bath night. It's just been one of those crazy weeks - at home and at work - with little down time. By the time we were headed out of town tonight I wasn't in the best place. So I (translation: my husband) decided I could use a little break from my responsibilities (trans: I was being crabby with my family and he wasn't enjoying my company). So here I am, on the Internet listening to my husband upstairs figuring out bath night for 4 kids without any help from me. And you know what? I don't feel guilty. Because right now is my time to rest. Later I will "toil" - and now I will do it with a smile.