Rings on My Fingers 2

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Last Saturday I stood at the sink at an urgent care clinic, rubbing soap on my pinkie, trying to remove the dinner ring Daddy gave me that Christmas long ago.

Early one morning a couple of days before, I stepped on the plug of an electrical cord in my bare feet. You know the pain of stepping on an object with the arch of your foot. “Yeow!” I yelled. Then I overcompensated and down I went all the way to the floor, landing on my hand. One of my fingers started to swell, and I hurried to get Notty the First’s ring off that finger. When ice had not brought the swelling down by Saturday, I decided to get it checked.

The doctor at the walk-in clinic sent me for an X-ray. When I walked into the X-ray room, the technician told me to take off any rings. Oops! I hadn’t thought about Daddy’s dinner ring on my pinkie. “I hope I can!” I said. “Do you have a sink and some soap?” So there I stood, soaping and twisting and turning. Success! I finally got it off.

After the X-ray, I waited in the examining room for the verdict. When the doctor arrived, he told me there was no fracture. Probably it is a sprain or a bruise or it’s jammed, he told me. Then he said, “How about not typing for seven to ten days?”–not the news a writer wants to hear.

So, my sweet Ray has added yet another hat to the many he wears. I didn’t type this post you’re reading–he did.

When I was a worried, scared, tentative homeschool mama during our first two years, a glitch like this one might have thrown me, but now I would know that glitches are opportunities for children to learn. Life is full of glitches. At least my life has been full of short little glitches like this one and huge-mongous ones (I love to make up words).

Big glitches are opportunities to trust God no matter what. Little glitches are opportunities for children to learn how to handle setbacks, how to problem-solve, and how to serve.

For you were called to freedom, brethren;
only do not turn your freedom
into an opportunity for the flesh,
but through love serve one another.
Galatians 5:13

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  1. Do not think that your reminders only bless younger moms.

    I actually came to this site to see who I could recommend it to. Yet, I have been encouraged. My glitch this week was showing Tuesday and Wednesday beside my 18 yo daughter, who was admitted to ICU after some technical difficulties with her diabetes pump went critical. Both her critical situation and her recovery were as amazingly fast as your river.

    The flood waters rose and receded. Glitch.

    I am not just recommending your site. I have been reminded that I am not the only one who sees the water rise, and must take a detour.

    Thank you.

  2. This entire year (starting in Dec last year) has been one giant glitch. We have taken it in stride and the flood waters haven’t receeded yet (literally, see flooding snohomish valley 2019), but I can see the patch in the dike repair and I am ready to start bailing water. Thank you so much for affirming that a simple Christmas with no tree is not going to be the death of my 4 teenagers! lol

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