Dear Weary Mom,
Sometimes the best thing that we can do is walk away, take a break. I know that at the end of the school year, this doesn’t seem a wise option. And until recently, I would have agreed with you. But on a nice day, when everyone is tired of the routine, the best thing might just be to ditch your plan, and be spontaneous. So dear friend, please – come away with me.
Come to a place with wide open fields, green as far as the eye can see. If you pause and listen, really listen, you may hear a bit of history in the background. You might hear the voices of wise men, planning battle tactics to protect the union. You may look around and realize that your young man, still growing, would be a part of this regimen if you lived in a different time.
The winds blow freely and the grasses wave gently in the breeze. Each direction that you look tells a different story – vast empty fields in one direction where all the trees were cut down for provisions for the soldiers. In the other direction, thick woods full of large, old trees, providing protection.
In the center of it all, the flag – the sign of liberty and freedom. As citizens we value our freedom, but as battle-weary moms, that flag is a reminder that we, too, can stand. And that we can keep standing when the winds of life blow against us. What amazes me about the flag is that the harder the wind blows, the straighter the flag flies. When the winds are calm, the flag can rest, but when the winds pick up, the flag stands tall.
It’s the same for us, moms. When the winds of life blow, we go to work to stand stronger. We stand strong to protect our family.
Sometimes all we need, all we really need, is to let go of our plan, and to jump into the beauty just outside our door. Watch the children run, listen to the laughter and the conversations that they have. Watch them engage in their new surroundings, in bold new ways.
Dear Weary Mom, I would encourage you to do that – to stop, to find a beautiful spot, and to rest. Take your children – enjoy spending time with them in a new and different place. Stop and take note of all that creation can remind us about – beauty, fortitude, protection, strength.
Where is your favorite get-away spot when you need to set aside the schedule and the routine and just live life?
This post and these images are from our family’s recent outing to Valley Forge National Park.
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