We just finished five weeks of valuable training in beautiful Colorado. We got to enjoy a blizzard, the flu, Garden of the gods, new friends, new teeth, classroom learning, paying for laundry, real-life learning, hellos and goodbyes. It was great.
Paradox = Pair of Ducks = Yay Duck, Yuck Duck.
Malaki’s class had a page of their notebooks for each day where they could draw a Yay Duck picture, and a Yuck Duck picture. Sometimes his pictures were funny. For example, one day he colored this scene: Yay = Malaki playing outside. Yuck = Going inside for a time-out.
But there were other days when he flat out told us he didn’t want to move. He didn’t want to leave his grandparents, his bunk-bed, or his toys. I think our training was really helpful to teach us that it is okay for him to feel that way, and we shouldn’t minimize the pain and difficulty of taking him away from everything familiar. (For the record though, he changed his mind later that day when we talked about all the fresh fruit we could find when we move.)
One important thing I learned from our time there was that life, especially life for us right at this moment, is just one big paradox. On one hand, we are very excited to go. On the other hand we mourn the things (and mostly the people) we leave behind. And those feelings don’t disagree. They are just different sides of the same story.
It’s hard right now. But it’s good. Sometimes growing is painful, but it’s better than staying who we are right now.
One thing we know: that even as we leave everything that is familiar, HE is leading us, and going with us hand in hand.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”
I don’t think we could be more excited.