Nevin, at supper, “So where is Charis going to go to school?”
Evangeline, “She’ll go to preschool.”
Dad, “What’s the official age for real pre-school.”
Mom, “Three. Remember, Nevin went when Calvin was in K.”
Evangeline, “Yeah, and I went the year after and had the same teacher.”
Nevin, “Well, I meant when she gets to K.”
Calvin, “What’s the age of that grade before K?”
Mom, “You mean pre-K.”
Calvin, “Yes. I didn’t go to pre-K because I was too tall.”
Mom, “No. You didn’t go to pre-K because we moved in the middle of the school year and had never heard of pre-K before we moved to Oklahoma.”
Calvin, “Well, you told me it was because I was too tall.”
Mom, “No. You just extrapolated that from something else I said.”
Evangeline, “How old was I when we moved there?”
Mom, “Eighteen months old.”
Nevin, “That was 5 years ago.”
Mom, “No, it was 6 years ago.”
Dad, “Wow, Calvin is 10 years old.”
Mom, “It seems like yesterday.”
Mom breaks into song, “Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away. Now it seems as though there here to stay.”
Dad, “Ha, ha…”
Mom, “That’s really a depressing song.” (to the tune of said song)
Yes. I know that was a long and drawn out recreation of our supper conversation. But it is indicative of a couple of things to me, so bear with me.
First, on the positive side, after nearly 15 years of marriage and with our oldest being 10, we are creating a family history. We’re really in the thick of life, and I am so glad to have the family that I have. It is fun to have a real conversation with our kids now while remembering a time when we sat around the table hearing a 5-, a 4-, and a 3-year-old telling meaningless knock-knock jokes. And, we’ve also added one to our number since those days. God has blessed us with so much on so many levels.
Second, on the less positive side, we are facing some stresses in life, and we need your prayers. It’s not the earthshattering kinds of things like terminal illness or divorce, but just the typical stresses of life. However, when your the one having the stresses, it can feel very heavy and like they are here to stay.