3:00pm – 3:10pm. I call it The Gauntlet.
The 10 minutes after I pick my kids up from school are some of the craziest minutes of the day.
They all have the verbal stomach flu. The words don’t stay down. All their weariness and emotion from the day comes bursting out the moment they get into the car. Everyone has something to say, right now, and it’s really, really, really, really, really, really important.
I have to somehow decide who was talking first, help them take turns and try to prevent WWIII from breaking out before the minivan door slides closed, shielding the rest of the world from the shrapnel of emotional overload.
Now, it’s not like this every day. Most days are simple and fun and easy, but I never know when a Gauntlet Day will hit, so I want to arrive fully prepared.
I’ve started the habit of praying as I sit and wait in the school pickup line. Something like this:
God is so faithful to change my focus and give me His wisdom and insight into each child’s need. A simple prayer and I’m ready. Bring it.
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