Yesterday was an interesting one too… We dropped Chris off at work (because we’re on one car at the mo), took some washing to Carrick, waited for that to be done, I drove to pre-school, J was really upset and didn’t want to go in. I mean ‘really’ upset. He’s also been a little unwell, so he didn’t end up going.. Save me from the ‘force him to go’ brigade..I know my child, you don’t… It’s not discipline to force a child into pre-school kicking, screaming and crying as far as I’m concerned. Then we came home, I was trying to practice my flute, the kids went upstairs to play, littlest started throwing things so I went upstairs to stop him and see what they were up to.
When I got upstairs I walked into the bedroom with a growing sense of ‘OH NOOO’, there was bird seed all over the floor (and sawdust), I asked what it was doing there and then heard chirping. I asked where the quail were and was pointed to the toy kitchen where 6 of them had been placed in the toy microwave, on top of a ton of bird seed… It might have been funny, but they’re still meant to be under heat and one looked like it had been seriously hurt… I was so, so upset. Ended up carrying the ill one around in my hand to warm it up and give it a bit of security and then placing it back under the heat with the others, later on. It looked really ill, it was all stretched out with one leg outstretched, I thought it might have broken it’s neck. Weirdly, however, it’s now fine. So strange… I don’t know whether it was just scared or very cold or whether it was injured and recovered, no idea, but it’s fine! J now hopefully knows the importance of not getting them out… he got into bed and pulled the covers over himself because I was so angry and upset about what happened. I was upset at myself too, I’d been so intent on getting the practice in, that, that was all that mattered, not what they were doing.
Such is life with kids… expect the unexpected… or such is life really. I also prayed for the quail. I’ll be honest, I didn’t really expect it to live or a prayer for a quail to be answered…. I was contemplating actually putting it out of it’s misery. But whatever the problem was and whether it was just the heat or God, it lived! 🙂
Things didn’t go as planned for the rest of the day either, I was meant to be going to a worship evening and didn’t. It just all got very stressy with tired kids (and parents). I’m learning, slowly, that things don’t have to go the way we have planned. I’ve got a feeling I’ll be learning this for the rest of my life. God is still God, the world still turns, we are still loved. No matter what.