As we've informed the kids about the sickness and death running rampant around the world they want to know (1) that they're going to be ok (2) that Mum and Dad are going to be ok (3) that our older family members are going to be ok, and (4) that they still get ice-cream even though we've run out and aren't planning on going to the shops any time soon.
Bless their juevenile egotism.
And then as they marinate further they've started to ask: What about seeing friends? Going to school? Swimming at the pool? Birthday parties? Church? Karate? Christmas...?!
"Yes it is sad. Yes I love those things too. Wouldn't it be great to be doing that now?!"
We sit in sadness with them, but explain that staying at home is what it looks like to be a 'fighter'. This has been an intentional word. Saying we're 'fighters' makes our time at home active, intentional, and essential to 'winning' the battle against coronavirus. It also counters thoughts that we're hiding from something in fear to the sake of saving ourselves.
This is FOR the world.
Staying at home is the only true way to fight this virus: we are doing the bravest, strongest, and most effective thing. We are fighters. We are HOME HEROES! We can do this for the world!
After having a bit of fun with this concept on Procreate I've come up with a poster that we're going to stick up in our home. This will help us on the days we need reminding of why we're doing this. I've included it here for your use for free too - simply save it as an image and print it off from your printer at home. Or perhaps you can get your kids to design their own 'I'm a Home Hero' poster?
Our 'saving' of the world hasn't just stopped at staying inside. As Christians, we believe we can also come to the creator, sustainer and ultimate saviour of the world in prayer and ask for His help. I'll write a bit more about how this has looked in our home over the last weeks in an upcoming blog post.
Made By Me