After a long day of driving, we pulled into the driveway of my father’s house in Augusta. The kids just call it “Pop’s house.”
Pop’s house is a place of wonder for the children, for good reason.
First, Pop’s house is where love rules. All the grandchildren are here, not just the Grady Bunch. Pop just sort of moves among them, exuding love for the whole motley crew while still creating moments of special attention for each one. Tell Dad about the bad grade in Health and you get a lecture about trying harder and taking personal responsibility. Tell Pop the same story and you get an offer to straighten out the health teacher. And somehow that love permeates the place to make the kids love each other, too.
And Pop’s house is where everything that kids really like is available. You know, the things mom and dad won’t buy. Yoohoo chocolate drinks to wash down the Hershey miniatures while sitting in bed with Princess the docile mutt playing video games … it’s their own private Disney World. And that’s not just true for the kids. I had sausage patties and cinnamon toast waiting for me when I woke up. Does it get any better than that?
Pop’s house is also a place where the normal rules don’t apply. One sausage patty, a Dixie cup filled with peanut M&M’s, and a can of Mountain Dew. That was breakfast, kid requested and Pop approved. Want to ride Princess like a horse? That’s OK, too. I fully expect to look out into the back yard one day and see the kids floating weightlessly. None of the other laws of the universe apply at Pop’s house — why should gravity?
I know it’s not a one-to-one correlation, but it makes me think of life in our Father’s house. Love rules, even when I’m wrong. Everything I really need (and some of the things I just really want) are provided. And all those screwed-up rules and customs that bog down life in the real world… well, they just don’t apply here.
Pop’s house is a great way to spend a week. My Father’s house is a great way to spend life forever.
Father, help me to detach a little more from this world today, and to live with the freedom of a beloved child in Your house