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What’s your plan (05/06/2020)

Last week had me feeling like a man without a plan. For the second week, this column felt as if it was all over the place, haphazard, and drifting aimlessly. I could not have dodged being labeled as a chicken with its head cut off any more than avoiding the red-rubber ball. That could be an accomplishment seeing that we are all still honoring the shelter in place order. The idiom has gotten a lot of good mileage, expressing a frenzied manner or being out of control. It dates to July 1802, from the Atlanta Constitution and literally denotes the actions of a decapitated chicken (I’ll take their word; not experiencing it myself, {Google.com}).

There was a major success, though, involving the Girls. It centers around the Ranch. We have a renaissance of sorts beginning to unfold. The master plan is bringing on beautification. It is a major undertaking and hasn’t been something on the plate since the remodel in the late ’70s and our residence. It will be a satisfying venture and a project that I hope won’t rival in length that period that would become known as ‘the Great Awakening.’

My greatest fear is to unleash the Girls into the world without the ability to work for what they can achieve. I was setting the world ablaze in my twenties, so maybe I had better cut them some slack in their youth. They don’t have the privilege of being tutored by the Arens Brothers out farming. That was a gift and is numbered among the Lord’s most tender mercies to me.

I remember the days when I punched the clock and felt that I had earned an honest day’s labor before lunch and then just added to the hours up until sunset. A forty-hour workweek? My existence depends on agriculture; normal is eighty to a hundred-hour work week.

Needless to say, we weren’t the ball of fire. Off like a herd of turtles, we didn’t catch the sunrise nor did we keep a pace to get chased away by sunset only to finish the next day. But, the four of us spent time together. We were out of our rooms and not losing time to social media and personal devices. The sun was warm and the air fresh. And, we were able to put the hurt on some ice plant. We reclaimed flower beds from a period past when I was their age that hadn’t seen the light of day for as many years. They didn’t complain. That, in itself, is a major accomplishment and well worth any price paid.

It put a smile on my face and I have kept grinning for a few days now. I have been catching expressions of a grimace from time to time in their movements. Their laughter can be heard as they share different muscle pains reminiscent of the scene in Jaws toward the end of the movie where the characters are revealing battle scars and swapping stories. I prefer the book. These are interesting times! Pierce says that their plan is to have the students back in school on August 13th. I wonder if we will be allowed to have a summer vacation from school. Not sure when the Grad will return for her sophomore year; online learning isn’t what she registered for. Her preference is instructor-led in a classroom. My little wallflower.

How are you shaping your story these days? I think that our Heavenly Father has taken away the majority of our earthly cares at this time and we will stand before Him and our Christ for a day of reckoning. It should be a day of sunshine and fresh air! Do not take God out of the details.

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