Updated: Dec 30, 2020
We had two minutes of silence at school today, at 11 o'clock. I never know what to think in those times. I don't want to think about people being killed in the war, it makes me too sad to focus on my work afterwards. So I prayed quietly for people who were fighting, that they would be safe, and for their families, that they would not be worried.
Speaking of families, did I ever tell you about my Uncle Matt? I don’t think I did, because I don’t really know him that well. He’s Mum’s brother, but I’ve only met him a couple of times. I have a few memories of him giving Jack and me rides on his back when we were little. I remember that he used to give us sweets, even at bedtime when we had brushed our teeth. But we haven’t seen him in years. He lives abroad. He teaches English, in Poland – I think.
So it was a bit of a shock when we got home from school this afternoon, to find him sitting on the front door step. My first thought was ‘No-one’s allowed in our house – we are in lockdown.’ My next thought was ‘Who is this person and why is he sitting on our step?’ Then I recognised him. ‘Uncle Matt?’ I said. He looked up.
Mum didn’t seem surprised to see him. She pushed past him and unlocked the door, not saying anything to Uncle Matt.
‘Help me out, Sis, I’ve got nowhere else to go! I self-isolated for two weeks when I got into the country – now I have no more money and nowhere to stay.’
Mum was trying to herd us all into the house without letting Uncle Matt in. It looked like she was about to say something else when Theo looked up.
‘S’all right, you can stay wiv us! My name’s Feo.’
Well, that was awkward. I could see Mum wasn’t happy, I took her hand and squeezed it. She sighed and held open the door as Uncle Matt came in, bringing in a big duffel bag that he had been sitting on.
Mum sent us all upstairs to get changed, and I guessed she wanted time to talk to Uncle Matt, so I suggested Theo draw him a picture, and Jack make labels so he would know where the bathroom was, and the coffee and everything. While they were busy, I quickly asked Jesus to help Mum to make the right choices. I looked in my notebook, and saw the second scripture Alison had written there. Proverbs 3 :6.
“Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.”
I wrote in my notebook “Mum needs to listen to God’s voice to know what to do about Uncle Matt. I don’t think she’s happy he is here, but if she listens to God, and doesn’t try to figure everything out on her own, it may work out better than she hoped.” I wrote the verse out on another post-it note for her. When I go downstairs I’ll give it to her.
I don’t know how long Uncle Matt will be here for, but it could be quite fun, if Mum’s not upset all the time. I'll write more tomorrow!