Isn’t if funny how sometimes when we use something frequently, we tend to not *see* it after a while ?
British readers will be familiar with Tesco no doubt, it’s a major supermarket chain in the UK….British readers who shop at Tesco will also no doubt be familiar with the Tesco Clubcard.
It’s a loyalty card that I like a lot.
I like it a lot because every time I shop at Tesco (which hasn’t been a very much lately as I’m waiting for their new store to be built in the area because the other store nearby is rather crummy and understocked) I get points added to my card.
The points are then allowed to accumulate so that 100 points turn into £1 fairly rapidly actually….and the best bit…the points an be exchanged for 4 times their value when used in conjunction with other offers, known as Clubcard Deals.
For example, a theme park pass that costs £33 in per person, can be purhased online with just 825 Tesco points. Last year this scheme enabled me to take 4 of us to Alton Towers for the day, and the good news is that I already have enough saved up to take us all again this year! I love a bargain and there’s no way I could afford to pay in excess of £100 for a day out on my budget. Not when you have to add meals, travel expenses etc.
So, the point of this post isn’t actually about Tesco’s really, I’m just getting a bit sidetracked as usual….but in a way it is about Tesco because I just had a new Tesco key fob and loyalty card posted through my letterbox and when I went to put the keyfob on my keys, it was like i was seeing *something* for the first time.
Another key fob I have on my house keys is one of the Holy Family..I knew it was there because I put it there, but I haven’t *seen* it in ages. Well, in my family things are really quite difficult right now, as you’ll know if you’ve been reading my blog for a bit….and it seems that each day is bringing another worry, another argument, another dilemma with it.
This morning was no exception….. on the school run I actually nearly drove into a bus and I swore the worst words at my daughter …all because she couldn’t get her own way about something and kept whining at me as I was driving. I was almost in tears with frustration with her! Not good when you are driving.
Anyway, I’m getting distracted again….so on the reverse side of the Holy Family key fob is a prayer, and it read…
God made us a family.
We need one another
We love one another
We forgive one another
We work together
We play together
We worship together.
..and I just needed to read that today.
I needed the reminder that even when I don’t know what the hell I’m doing, and when I just don’t feel cut out for this single parent mullarky, God made us a family.
No matter if little miss horrorbags or little master ‘I prefer my Daddy’ try to make me feel like I am the most awful mother in the world…no matter that neither of my children seem to care about anyone else other than themselves….no matter if they are being stroppy and difficult and cynical about attending Mass and questioning their faith and not hearing me when I try to guide them….no matter if they think they know it all….no matter that I have worries and responsibilities that I pray to God they’ll never have to endure ….no matter that they continue to heap more worry, more stress upon me…no matter that one minute they can be loving and affectionate and the next scathing and completely unpredictable….we weren’t thrown together by accident.
Our bizzarre little family is all a part of God’s plan.
God knows what He is doing.