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Lilacs and Other Trash Can Blessings
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 by Susan Lyttek

We may have had a freeze warning last night, but the lilacs are in full bloom. I have two favorite flowers: carnation and lilacs. Both of them are my favorites because of smell more than looks. When I detect the aroma of lilacs in the air, it makes me think of spring, new birth and beginnings.

My lilacs are on the walk towards the trash cans. It actually makes me like to take the trash out because I have to walk by their delectable fragrance. So trash, which is normally a grumble chore, takes on a joy.

That got me thinking. What other things that I don’t like have blessings attached to them?

The big one is this whole stay-in-place scenario. I really don’t like it. It changed the world as I know it. It changed the world as everyone knows it. But even so, it does have quite a few blessings attached to it.

  1. I can sleep in. Now we’re not talking sleeping in like Karl who can sleep past noon on a fairly regular basis. No, not that. But instead of the alarm going off at 4:55 so Gary can commute into work, it doesn’t ring until 6:00 since he’s working from home.
  2. We’re spending less money on food. I’m using and using up what we already have in the fridge, freezer and cupboards. Though we were never big ones for going out to eat, we’re still spending less on the process. That’s primarily because we’re not out and about. We do, however, make a point of getting carry out from one of our local restaurants at least once a week whether we need to or not. We want them to still be in business on the other side of this!
  3. We’re spending less money period. We’re not going places randomly and deciding we need x or y. Every decision to go somewhere is weighed based on need rather than boredom. Therefore, a trip to the local nursery might cost quite a bit, but it’s only one trip instead of four or five so the end total is still less.
  4. I’ve rediscovered writing letters. I’ve never really given up sending snail mail, but I’m doing a lot more of it. I look at my address books and say, God, who should I write to today? Some of the people have surprised me and maybe the card or letter surprised them. I may never know. I just know that doing it makes me feel obedient, thankful and happy.
  5. I’m learning new skills and getting more comfortable and fluent with some old ones. I’ve used Skype for years to communicate and to tutor. Zoom is a whole new platform for me, but since it is similar to Skype, I picked up on it quickly. And then a lot of the extra time that I would have spent commuting or vegging, I’ve been using to take classes on LinkedIn. I’ll be smarter and more versatile after this all over.

There’s a lot more, I’m sure, that I could come up with if I thought about it. In our neighborhood, for instance, more people are talking. They’re doing it at a distance, but they’re talking. I don’t think anyone takes community for granted anymore. Like lilacs, it’s a fragrance they don’t want to ignore.

I only hope, and pray, that any blessing this trial grants us is not immediately forgotten once we’re “back to normal”. May we treasure the lessons learned!

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1/2/2015

Our Christmas Letter
Susan Lyttek
12/26/2014

Sharing Christmas, Part Two
Susan Lyttek
12/19/2014

Sharing Christmas
Susan Lyttek
12/12/2014

Swedish Christmas Education
Susan Lyttek
12/5/2014

The Worry/Grumble Antidote
Susan Lyttek
11/28/2014

Milestone Days
Susan Lyttek
11/21/2014

Volunteer Education--via Operation Christmas Child
Susan Lyttek
11/14/2014

Veteran Education
Susan Lyttek
11/7/2014

Reformation Education
Susan Lyttek
10/31/2014

The Reluctant Vegetarian
Susan Lyttek
10/24/2014

What I Didn't, Couldn't Teach
Susan Lyttek
10/17/2014

Learning to Stand
Susan Lyttek
10/10/2014

Christian Work Ethic
Susan Lyttek
10/3/2014

Animal Education
Susan Lyttek
9/26/2014

Changing the Love of Learning
Susan Lyttek
9/19/2014

Blog Block
Susan Lyttek
9/12/2014

Educating Mom
Susan Lyttek
9/5/2014

The Debate
Susan Lyttek
8/29/2014

Interview with Jane, a non-homeschooling friend
Susan Lyttek
8/22/2014

The Homeschool Rebel
Susan Lyttek
8/15/2014

Other Countries, Other Peoples
Susan Lyttek
8/8/2014

George Washington Lessons
Susan Lyttek
8/1/2014

Interview with Heather Day Gilbert
Susan Lyttek
7/25/2014

A Creation Education
Susan Lyttek
7/18/2014

The Blessing of the Church
Susan Lyttek
7/11/2014

Free to Homeschool
Susan Lyttek
7/4/2014

The Best Thing
Susan Lyttek
6/27/2014

School Lite
Susan Lyttek
6/20/2014

Homeschooling Poetry
Susan Lyttek
6/13/2014

Homeschool Preschool
Susan Lyttek
6/6/2014

AWANAcation (or Awana Education)
Susan Lyttek
5/30/2014

Drowning in the Ideal Schedule
Susan Lyttek
5/23/2014

Penpal Encouragement: An Interview with Sandi
Susan Lyttek
5/16/2014

Unexpected Education
Susan Lyttek
5/9/2014

When Is a Homeschool Mom NOT a Homeschool Mom?
Susan Lyttek
5/2/2014

Relax, It's Just Writing
Susan Lyttek
4/25/2014

Purpose Driven Homeschool
Susan Lyttek
4/18/2014

The Heart of the Music
Susan Lyttek
4/11/2014

Music Lessons
Susan Lyttek
4/4/2014

Teaching My Testimony (Part 2)
Susan Lyttek
3/28/2014

Teaching My Testimony (Part 1)
Susan Lyttek
3/21/2014

Glimmers of Homeschooling
Susan Lyttek
3/14/2014

Failed Days
Susan Lyttek
3/7/2014

Other Side of the Homeschool Table...Leanne Hanson
Susan Lyttek
2/28/2014

Fairy Tale Theology
Susan Lyttek
2/21/2014

Things I Love about Life and Homeschooling
Susan Lyttek
2/14/2014

Limitless Creativity by Bonnie Rose Hudson
Susan Lyttek
2/7/2014

Weaving Christ into Math
Susan Lyttek
1/31/2014

Paula Mowery Interview
Susan Lyttek
1/24/2014

Historic Field Trips
Susan Lyttek
1/17/2014

Snow Days... Homeschool Style
Susan Lyttek
1/10/2014

Homeschooled Mom Resolutions
Susan Lyttek
1/3/2014

Off Schedule
Susan Lyttek
12/27/2013

Teaching Christmas
Susan Lyttek
12/20/2013

The (Writerly) Benefits of Learning Together
Susan Lyttek
12/13/2013

Homeschooling reinforced that I am not perfect
Susan Lyttek
12/6/2013

And they said homeschooling would be easy...
Susan Lyttek
11/29/2013