Despite waking up with slim to no motivation to work on getting ready for the move, I headed out to the patio and garage to get started. I decided that if I work on clearing all the patio furniture and yard toys it might be fun. There's something in guys that we just enjoy taking stuff apart. I think it's because we don't usually need directions to do it.
After getting the patio table torn down I went to work on the girl's picnic table and the little slide/swing toy. I'm not sure how water gets into toys like these but it does…in large amounts. The kicker is that the water doesn't come out very easily. Even if you decide to slice holes in the bottom of the table the unbelievably nasty brown water slowly seeps out but of course not all of it. As Savannah Grace watched the water come out she gave me a commentary.
Her: "Look daddy, the table's going potty."
Me: "It's just water honey."
Her: "No Daddy, its yucky potty. Haha, the table's going potty. Don't get it on you Daddy."
After the table I went to work on the slide/swing toy. This turned out to be an easy enough task that freaked me out. Maybe it's just me but I don't like finding old, dead spider nests inside my children's toys. It got me thinking though.
These little bugs get into stuff because toys are usually set up and left alone. I don't know a lot of parents that do regular checks on the inside of outdoor toys. The spiritual reflection to this is in my life is self discipline. There are areas of my heart that I don't work on very much. I believe that the enemy looks for this type of spiritual laziness to get a foothold to work against us. I need to set up regular checks to make sure I'm leaving any areas of my life dormant or vulnerable. For me those checks are mentors, coworkers, friends, my wife and my children. Often times my reactions at home are an indication of my mental and emotional health which reflects my spiritual health as well.
I wish I had some creative way to tie in the "potty" part of this story but I guess I'm out of practice. Any wordsmiths or story crafters out there that can connect my daughter's observations to a spiritual teaching? Let us know or just make us laugh.