My answer has recently changed.
It used to be mosquitoes. Those pesky little devils sure know how to ruin a good time. And I still look forward to a mosquito-less heaven. Can I get an Amen?!
There is a new creature that has made it to the top of my list.
A creature so vile--it represents everything that makes my skin crawl.
The maggot. *shudder*
Brad was out of town all week last week. When he's gone, I try extra hard to stay on top of things to make life a little easier.
On this particular day, I walked out of our bedroom and smelled a terrible smell that led me to our trash can. The next day was trash day, so I assumed that things had just gotten a bit ripe, and quickly took out the trash before the girls woke up.
The smell lingered.
The girls finished eating breakfast. I got out a dust pan to sweep up a few crumbs, and that's when I saw them.
Maggots in my dust pan. I resisted the urge to hurl my breakfast all over them.
My search led me to a very small piece of steak, from our dinner a few nights previous, accidentally dropped behind the trashcan, and left there unnoticed.
There they were--huddled around the stink. There wasn't much left, though.
I began to notice their friends--all pale and writhing--wiggling their way across my kitchen floor.
That's when I waged war. Cursing each and every one of them under my breath as I sucked them up in my vacuum cleaner (good thing our Hoover is loud, so my girls didn't hear).
I then proceeded to scrub every inch of our kitchen floor with anti-bacterial wipes.
Then it hit me. I can't think of anything to be thankful for in this situation. We're supposed to be thankful in everything, but I was drawing a blank.
Sorry, Ann and Jesus, but my kitchen was crawling with what is, arguably, the ugliest creature on the planet.
So, I called Melissa.
The conversation stared out like this:
Me: Hi, I need you to tell me one thing about maggots I should be thankful for.Okay, so she really didn't say that.
Melissa: I thought you only drank wine in the evenings....
What Melissa really said: Well, they wiggle, so you can see them.Bingo.
Wiggle, you dastardly wretches. Wiggle so I can find you and destroy you, ugh!
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. ~Philippians 4:6Thanksgiving. I don't have to be thankful for maggots. Because I'm pretty sure there is no one, in the history of the universe, that has ever been thankful for maggots.
I'm called to thankful for God in the midst of my one and (please, God?) only maggot infestation.
So, here is my maggot thanks, and may I never have to type or utter the word maggot again after today!
P.S. I don't blame you one bit if you are thoroughly disgusted by me and our home, because I am.
P.P.S. It's a really bad idea to have rice for dinner the same night you just killed a bunch of maggots.
P.P.P.S. So, Brad just read part of this over my shoulder and said, "You're still talking about the maggots?" I don't think he understands the trauma that those pale, wiggly creatures have caused me. He should be grateful for this cheap therapy!
848. Maggots wiggle, so that you can seek and destroy them easily (thank you, Melissa for that perspective!).
849. Our kitchen is separated from the rest of the house, so the girls had no contact with them.
850. Maggots make a satisfying pop when you squish them.
851. My kitchen floor was spotless.
852. You could eat off my trashcan.
853. The girls played together, really well, while I was killing and cursing the maggots.
Something other than maggots:
854. Brad's recovery from food poisoning.
856. A visit from Ab.
857. Ab helping out with the girls, so Brad could rest.
859. People praying.
860. Prayers answered.
861. Wisdom from Alice.
862. Hard conversations.
863. Trip to the farmer's market.
864. Sitting outside, enjoying snacks from Artisan Bakery.
865. Finding a book I wanted to get the girls at the used bookstore for $3.
866. The girls' first story time at the book store.
867. The girls remembering not to throw food on the floor during mealtimes!
868. The peace of nap time.
869. Blowing bubbles.
870. Putting away pool toys.
871. Brynne's ponytail.