Should we panic? Should we worry?

During our vacation my kids and I had a day on our own to just adventure and be together. After our morning classes with our friends, we went fishing. We didn’t catch anything, but we had a lot of fun and enjoyed being together.

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On our way down from the lake, I decided I wanted to take the kids to the harbor. I couldn’t remember how to get there! I used to LIVE in that city! And I couldn’t remember haha! But we did find it, parked and were walking around. The kids were enjoying looking at the boats and walking around. We decided to take a bathroom break when I realized that my keys were not in my pocket. Or in my bag. Or in the pocket of my hoodie sweatshirt. Oh no.

As we realized this, my son looked at me and said

“Mama, should we panic?”

“No. Am I panicking?” I asked him.

“No. Should we worry?”

“No, bubs. Do I look worried?”

“No…”

“James, I know this doesn’t look good, but I also know that we will be fine, we will be taken care of and we sure aren’t gonna be stuck here all night. How often do you see me panic or worry?”

“You don’t panic or worry, mama. You say to just trust God.”

I think I’m doing my job as his mama!

We quickly went back to the van where…

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There were my keys. In the ignition. I have been driving nearly 20 years. I have only locked my keys in my car THREE times. This was the third time – and the first time there wasn’t someone within a 10 minute drive with a spare key. Fortunately, my car insurance includes roadside assistance! So… using my phone, I looked up the name to my insurance company is SO prepared for this type of thing! They were even able to look up my policy using my name then have me verify some information to make sure it was indeed me… which was good because my insurance card… yeah, in the glovebox.

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Got the roadside assistance all set up and THANKFULLY we were told it was only a 30 minute wait. So the kids played with their shadows on a wall near where we were parked! Can  I just say – I am SO thankful I parked by this grassy spot and not in the middle of the parking lot?!?! We had a really fun 20 minutes waiting – they got there fast! They popped the van open and we were set! We had decided we were done with the harbor, stopped at the store for a couple things and ventured back to our friends house.

Hours later, I realized that this was an opportunity for me to teach my kids to not panic, worry or let this ruin our vacation. Yeah, it took a half an hour or so away from our plans, but it wasn’t a big deal. We didn’t get hurt, we were not in danger. The Lord looked out for us the entire time and we were fine. We made the best of it and we had fun. I didn’t even have to think about it, it was just my natural response.

Keep close to The Lord because in times like this one we had, it can be easy to be a person you don’t want your kids to see and to set a bad example. I’m so thankful that I’ve kept my relationship with The Lord a priority. It set my mind in the right place so my natural response was a good one. I wasn’t worried about my actions or about the words that might come out of my mouth… though I did have to say “Geez, Zoe… PLEASE be quiet so I can hear the prompts on the phone!” My silly girl has been so gabby and excited haha!!

About Alicia

Alicia is a Jesus loving, homeschooling, mini-van driving, food loving, gluten-free-cuz-I-have-to-be, fun loving, choir mamaing, bike riding, So Cal born and raised solo mama to 2 amazing kiddos with 3 cats, a ginormous dog and the 2 cutest nieces ever! She had a deep passion for cooking and baking that left with her Celiac disease diagnosis in 2013, but has now returned as she experiments with and tests recipes to make them delicious and enjoyable even without the gluten! You can find all sorts of random thoughts, ideas and whatever else pops into her completely random mind right here at Big Black Trash Bag!
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