But then there is the unexpected that inevitably happens, adding stress to this already stressful time in a parent’s life.
For us the added stress came on Thursday night. Thursday night was “Scholarship Night” at the high school. Naturally the grandparents were here for the graduation festivities.
My parents were staying in a local hotel (their choice). Since “Scholarship Night” tends to run a little late, they were following us in their rental car. Rachel was riding to the school with them and Monica’s parents were with me and Monica.
We had to wait to make the turn off of Main onto Country Club Road. Almost as soon as we started the turn, we heard an unmistakable BAM!
My parents (and Rachel) had been rear-ended. We turned around and went back. I called the police. Monica’s dad, my dad, and I arrived at “Scholarship Night” just in time to see Rachel receive her Harding scholarships (I explained the situation to the dispatcher I talked to and she said that, since there were no injuries, Rachel and my mom could go on to the school...which sort of upset the responding officer, but he took their information, along with my dad’s, and we were allowed to go).
So my parents spent many of the few free moments during their stay talking with various people on the phone (insurance company, rental car company, etc.).
My purpose in telling you this is that many times we have plans. We know what we want to do. We know when we want to do it. We know who we want to do it with. But then something happens to disrupt our “best laid plans” and they “often go awry.”
But there were somethings for which we can be thankful. We didn’t really miss anything of importance (to us) on Thursday. Other than when they were on the phone, my parents were able to have a nice visit with us. None of the phone calls prevented them from attending events this past weekend. Most importantly nobody was hurt in the accident.
So the next time you make plans and something happens to disrupt them, don’t get mad, just look for things to be thankful about and realize that with God’s help you can adapt to a change in plans.