It had pulled me into the slop before I knew what hit me.
One day I was meeting deadlines, doing laundry, cooking meals, spreading my usual doses of familial joy and happiness. The next I was a sad, irritable shell of a woman unable to muster the mental or physical energy to spell the word deadline – let alone type it. Joy and happiness? A distant memory.
And it was all because of “The Pig.”
Yep, like an unwanted and unplanned houseguest, Swine Flu -- that barnyard pest – took up residence in my body and found me woefully unprepared for its messy extended visit.
Dishes piled up, dust settled, laundry languished. Swine Flu plays dirty.
So, in the name of helping parentkind (especially you moms out there), I am suggesting you learn from my plight and develop a Swine Flu Preparedness Plan. While my experience is all too fresh in my memory, I thought I’d give you some suggestions before your trip to the farm:
* Purchase Paper Products. I have a great family. They’re just not much on dishwashing. After three days in a swine flu stupor, I emerged to find a monumental dining disaster. I’m talkin’ pig pen. Trust me. A small investment in paper plates, silverware and cups now will reap huge dividends later.
* Stock up on Swiffer. With their extended handles, you can sweep the floor and dust those ceiling fans without ever leaving your swine flu-infected sheets.
* Learn to love laundry. It’s my most dreaded task, but let me assure you, I wish I would have tackled it with a bit more diligence this flu season. Had I been caught up, my son might not have been forced to wear the same socks twice or sleep in his underwear.
* Buy Nyquil, Nyquil and more Nyquil. I had it going by IV drip. It was the only thing that produced anything remotely resembling rest.
* Postpone at your own peril. I’m a good work-under-pressure kind of gal. But procrastination becomes a pesky pitfall when you’re suddenly sidelined by the swine.
So there you have it. Scoff if you must, but heed my advice and one day soon when you wake up with that little tickle in the back of your throat, you’ll thank me.
Parents always have to be thinking ahead. In life’s busyness (and I am incredibly overwhelmed at the moment), it’s so easy to focus on the urgent and lose sight of the big picture.
I’ve definitely been guilty of seasons of “fly by the seat of my pants” parenting. When I do that, I leave my kids unprepared to fight off the “viruses” -- in the form of worldly peer and cultural influences – that are always looking to infect their hearts and minds.
We can’t head off all the viruses, but we can do our best to immunize them by exposing them to God’s Word, training them to apply His wisdom to everyday situations, maintaining consistent boundaries and giving them unconditional love. Kids often don’t see the need for this “preparedness plan” -- they sometimes even fight it -- but one day, they’ll thank you.
As a parent, I can never forget that there’s a subtle enemy who’s always looking for a victim. And make no mistake about it: He’s most certainly a pig.
Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23 (Amplified Bible)