The other night I was playing a game with Megan, Ellie and Mike. I was asked the question, "If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?" I think it shocked them how quickly I was able to answer the question.
Without having to give it a moments thought, I said,
"I'd want to be invisible, so I could go into other people's houses and listen to their conversations."
Megan had a horrified look on her face. Ellie seemed too young to care and Mike? Well Mike knows me well and has heard many a time the phrase, "I wish I could be a fly on their wall" come out of my mouth.
I'm not ashamed to admit my nosiness. I've said it before--I inherited my genuine interest in other people from my dear Granny.
All kidding and joking aside.
Summer is just about half over--at least as far as summer vacation from school goes. As much as I love the break in routine from homework, packing lunches, early mornings to catch the bus and early bedtimes, I am not loving the seemingly long days of five children at home. Do you know how much fighting, snacking, arguing, messes, meals, dishes and cups on my counter, five kids home all day everyday cause?
As a result, I am weary. I am worn-out. I am ornery. I am short-tempered. I am tired.
Because in between the refereeing of arguments and the meal/snack preparations and clean-up I'm still trying to fit in all the "good things" I'm supposed to be doing as a mother. I'm trying to guide my children in their musical practicing, their academic responsibilities, and their housekeeping assignments. All the while, I'm trying to make sure we fit in family prayers and scripture study, personal hygiene, social interactions, oh, and of course I've got to give friendly reminders making sure goats, chicken and rabbits get fresh water during these hot temperatures.
Perhaps it is all those overwhelmed thoughts and feelings that made a recent article by my friend Allyson touch me deeply. Her article (that you can read HERE) referenced a beautiful excerpt from the book, "The Invisible Woman" by Nicole Johnson. (Side note: I'm looking forward to receiving the book in the mail any day now. Doesn't reading the following make you want to devour the whole book in one setting, while sitting on your back patio while eating a good piece of chocolate?)
I'm finding it ironic that my superpower wish is to be invisible. In a way, I already am.
It started to happen gradually …