Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Skunks Under My House
We figured they moved in around July 1st. Our oldest was home from KU over the weekend of the 4th and actually named the mama and her two babies. All I can remember is that one of the babies is named "Travis." I specifically told Kaleb not to name the skunks as that would cause us to become more attached. I was being funny.
My youngest first noticed Travis and his sibling on our front porch on July 3rd. In my sweet, Mayberry-of-a-town, it was the night of the city fireworks. My hubby had already gone over to the high school football stadium to start popping popcorn with fellow Lion Club members. (I told you I lived in a Mayberry kind of place...) Anyway! We were waiting for dark and also for the horrific lightening storm to let up before we trekked over for the big fire in the sky when Klay spotted Travis and...Tootie. (We'll call her Tootie, but don't let yourself get too attached.) He started yelling and quickly ran out the other end of the house so that he could somehow "get" them. I know, "getting" a skunk sounds like a grand idea. He didn't "get" them, but he did "get" them worked up. Yes, they sprayed under our house.
So, it's hot. 100+ degree hot for the next several days and we feel that we should turn the air conditioner off to somehow keep the smell from blasting throughout the house. Good times. No, really. Good times! As our oldest left the house late on the 4th he exclaimed, "Best 4th ever!! So fun! I love the skunk thing! Awesome!" Okay, this is probably a strange time to plug my book, but come on. It's got a lot of parenting stuff in there and if it's written by a gal who has raised children who are just as happy with skunks as they are with big, blow-out fireworks that cost an arm and a leg...she's doing something right!
We have heard the nuttiest stuff since the skunks have moved in. I found out that it isn't that uncommon of a thing we're experiencing here. At least three teachers I am working summer school with have crazy skunk-under-the-house stories that are way better than mine. Friends from church have brought traps (settle down, PETA friends, live traps) and suggested everything from apples to tuna for enticement. Go on the web and search it yourself. Seriously. Just put something like "how to get skunks out from underneath your house" and you will be entertained for hours.
Thankfully, we only had a skunky smell around for a day or so. The air is back on (as it is still 100+ out) and my home smells lovely (thank you horrible candle habit!) But, Travis, Tootie and Mom are still here.
I hope they don't stay forever, but this is what I've learned from having skunks under my house. Skunks = distractions. And while we may not all have skunks (just us lucky people!)...we do all have distractions. I have been very, VERY distracted the past few years by a plethora of things. What things? Oh, everything from sinus infections to houses that won't sell. Skunks all. The skunks are under my house and I have no idea for how long. They could exit in two months without a trace of odor, or they could say "so-long" tonight and leave us reeking for weeks. We may have to get help in getting them out or we may not even have to lift a finger ourselves. But, regardless...life will go on in the house above. The sun will rise on my pretty, little, yellow, Norman Rockwell house and it will also set upon it. We will go to work, school, church and the occasional baby shower, baseball game and cook-out. I mean, I don't like the skunk ordeal, but they aren't going to knock my house over in the night. They aren't going to turn my friends against me. And I'm pretty sure they aren't going to get me fired from my teaching job.
The enemy brings distractions. Life brings distractions. Sometimes, we are the distractions. They may be big and stick around for years or small and fleeting. They may go as quickly as they came - without a trace - or, they may leave a stink for a while. Regardless, God has a purpose for each one of us, no matter what the distractions. We must keep focused on what the Lord can do in and through us - in the worst of circumstances - and stop spending so much time thinking about what's under the house!