When you are alone, in privacy, during the most intense period of your day, are you always calm? composed or just tolerant?
When you are in the shower or sitting on the comfort of your toilet bowl at home, does your mind begin to play a crossword reality check game with you? Do you drift or wonder into oblivion? Or you focus on some relaxing memories as you try to ignore images and flashes of the next chapter of your life?
I-do-a-lot! In fact, that is one craving routine for me! My bathroom is my go-to solitary hide-out!
As a kid, anytime I need to escape the piercing words or the back-hand slaps from my mother after I have really crossed the lines, I would go hide inside the toilet with a novel, preferably Penny Jordan’s M & B tucked inside my Brighter Grammar book, a pack of bazooka bubblegum, can of waterboy spray, drummer-boy air-freshener; and a short prayer hoping that by the time I come out much later, my mom and her stop-over-to-visit-anytime siblings are not waiting for me in the dining room to dissect and analyze my “queer and mysterious apocalyptic ways”
‘Hmmm, Aunty Virgie, ‘I told you she’s weird! I bet she talks to herself and her unseen pals, ‘We need to take her for charismatic deliverance! They would whisper among themselves as I sneak by and pretend not to understand their language and creep back into my room.
And today, It’s no secret in my household that, my bathroom is still my ‘thinking and hiding zone’ especially when I bolt the door behind me to keep my prying kids out! Phew!
“Open the door mommy, I need to tell you or show you something!
‘I-am-busy-now! I usually scream back as I return to my indulgence with a deep sigh of relief.
Ah! The serene sound and soothing effect of the running hot water on my skin, creating a tornado of misty steam, the aromatic lemon grass scented candle dropping its wax in unison to the beats of the water splashing….such bliss!
So, my oldest daughter just became a teenager, a dainty one and not as dramatic or crazy or a firecracker as I was at her age! #ThankGodForThat
And the more we grow together under the same roof, the more I become weak in the knees seeing how much she reminds me of me then in so many ways!
I stumbled upon her journal and there goes pages and pages of pure undocumented short stories she had written over the years, and a recent write up about her spiritual encounter at “Breathe girls only retreat” organized by About One teenager ministry @ #BrightmoorChristianChurch and her joy at spending time alone too…in the BATHROOM!
My heart did a backflip two-miles away from my body until it dawned on me she-shares my-passion-for-writing! and for all I care, could be writing the story of my life!
And I thought about my own life … my own past … my own relationship with my mother!
And yet … there are many times when my life does not exude that joy, maybe when I was a teenager…
Maybe I have forgotten what it was like to witness the wonder of His presence in my life. Those times when my life was too crowded for God, and I just needed to breathe again…
Today, whether you have a teenager under your roof, or you know a teenager who looks up to you as their roof, how much do you really know them? How are you fueling their lives for tomorrow’s story they intend to write about?
Isn’t it is so easy to relegate our spirituality to religious activity? When all they really want is to learn the path to follow? When we allow them to do more or all of the talking, while we wait on them?
Oh Yes!! There is a teenager in my house! and just like God longs for us to forever run into His arms, sharing every hurt and rejoicing in every victory, that’s exactly how every teenager yearns to wrap their emotional-arms around us, completing the peace we so desperately need!
Won’t you Join in today? and live a life that celebrates the amazing truth that opens the doors to a teenage-heart!
Happy 13th Birthday, Sophia!
Yours in HOPE as I share Jonny Diaz’s Breathe.