For the last week me and my two little guys have been out of town visiting my parents. My parents live in north Texas and because my office is mobile we were able to go and see them for awhile and have a vacation. We love to go see my parents and it is always interesting to watch my little guys decide fun things to say at the most inopportune time.
My dad is a pastor of a church in North Texas. I grew up a preacher’s kid so there is a level of expectation that goes along with being from a pastor’s family. When you grow up in that environment you understand that there are things you just don’t say or do in public, in private, and well really anywhere! I learned at a very early age that there are words that are appropriate, bodily functions that you keep private, and thoughts that are just better kept to yourself.
My guys on the other hand have lived a very different life; not because I chose that as much as there isn’t a strong disciplinarian in my household to be the enforcer of all necessary rules…like my dad was in our home growing up. I am not saying that my guys are bad they just don’t really give it a second thought when they need to say something…generally they say what comes into their head.
So, apart from the bodily functions at inappropriate time that was bad enough they decide to announce to whomever is listening what bodily they decided to share. Then in the middle of church service, while my dad was speaking, my littlest little guy announces with a smile as big as Texas “You have to be 24 to smoke!” I immediately responded, totally mortified, “honey, please sit down and be quiet!” in the nicest mom teeth gritting whisper I could muster up….you know the one where you are smiling but you eyes are telling them you might hurt them if they don’t zip it sooner than later. This is when he looks at me tilted his head and said in the nicest teeth gritting loud kid whisper he said “JUST SAYIN MOM!”
Thankfully everyone there loves us but I am sure most of those who heard this little conversation coming from the 2nd row, who sits on the 2nd row with a 4 year old ….I have no idea, thought “Bless her heart!” We all know what that means….so I just kept my head down and waited for the service to end when I could quickly get him to the car and have a discussion about when it is appropriate to offer Public Service Announcements! Church is not the place!
We will go back and hopefully we will pack a few more manners next time! 🙂