After the Storms Have Cleared
Week 24 (5 months).
Jack travels well. And that makes life a lot easier for my wife and I. He really didn’t mind camping out two nights without power, then traveling an hour to stay in Georgia for two nights to stay in a hotel suite with us along with his grandparents, aunt, and uncle. For a couple of days, we lived amongst people who were instantly made homeless by last week’s tornados, like Pastor Sidney Ford, featured here in this story by ABC. He was such a blessing to us and it was an honor to meet him.
For us, life is picking back up to its state of normalcy. Our power came back on Sunday afternoon, and everyone in my family was able to return to work on Monday. My employer (who is also my dad’s employer as well) is so gracious to us that they are paying our wages for last Thursday and Friday, when no one could come to work because the entire city was without power. I am constantly aware of how blessed (by grace) and spared (by mercy) I am.
I’m not convinced I’m the kind of person who has to be reminded by a tragic event just how fortunate I am- who gets so caught up in the “hustle and bustle” of life that they “can’t see the forest for the trees.” Because I make it one of my daily personal goals not to become distracted by life- by the chaos and unsettledness and not-knowingness that each day brings. I’m not saying that’s easy. Something life has taught me is that typically when I am the least happiest, it’s often because I am focusing too negatively inward and not enough positively outward. My own mind and attitude are fortunately and unfortunately much stronger and influential than I often realize and give them credit for.
But Jack doesn’t have to worry about that kind of stuff yet. As long as he’s fed, played with, has his diapers changed, and has assistance falling asleep, he’s just happy to be here. He thinks everyday is a celebration just to be alive. And I believe that is one of the many reasons that a baby brings so much joy to us adults. Babies teach us so much without speaking any intelligible words.