Unsuspecting…that would certainly be an appropriate word to describe the children I just kissed, hugged, and said goodbye to for the next 18 days. Not to toot my own horn, but I don’t think they could possibly realize what 18 days without mom is really going to be like. It will be a period of huge growth for us all, I’m sure.
It’s funny how God offers timely wisdom. To piggyback on Tyler’s mention of the Incredibles, last night 4 of my kids (age 14, 12, 6 & 5), my husband Matt, and I went to see The Incredibles 2. Our cheeks hurt when we left, we were laughing so much. Even my angsty 12-year-old managed to crack that stone face he’s been hiding under for the past few months as he entered “that phase”. (Oh how I’ve missed that beautiful laughter!)
I’ll try not to spoil the story too much for anyone who hasn’t had the chance to see it yet, but the gist is that Elastigirl gets recruited to advocate for the superheroes of the world who have been repressed for the past several years, in an attempt to reverse the laws that make “super-ing” illegal.
Her new job thrusts Mr. Incredible into the role of “stay-at-home-dad”, which ends up being a pretty big adjustment for them all. While Elastigirl is away, he struggles with bedtime, teenage relationship issues, homework help (common core, I can only assume, based on Dash’s comment, “We aren’t supposed to do it *that* way, dad!”). It’s a hilariously fantastic nod to the struggles today’s parents face.
Eventually (though not without mishaps), Mr. Incredible finds his groove. Elastigirl is none the wiser to the unique problems he is facing, because as he said in one scene, “I have to be super so that SHE can be super.” Which basically encompasses the idea that behind every good woman is a man who loves and supports her (and lifts her up in prayer).
So many times during this movie, my husband and I looked at each other, shaking our heads in amazement at the parallels between the Incredible Family, and what we were about to experience: me boarding a plane in 14 hours, leaving him to hold down the fort with our 5 children, two cats, one dog, and a WHOLE lot of responsibilities.
This trip is a plethora of firsts for me and my crew. First time away from each other for more than a day or two. First international trip. First mission trip. First time dad’s solely in charge of everything (with help from grandma & some other awesome family/friends). It’s been a lot to take in, especially in these past couple weeks. The calming effect the story line of this movie had on my nerves was…well, it was amazing. It was as if The Lord reached out in that theater, put His hand on my shoulder and said, “I got this. You go and be super.”
I know that just like Bob Parr, my incredible husband will find his groove. And I’m looking forward to sharing the next 18 days with a crew of inspiring people, in a beautiful new place, for an amazing purpose.
“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”