McLovin looked at me like I was a moron, and I was all, "Did YOU know there's a downstairs? No? Then shut up. Oh right, we're in church. Shut-up-please-and-thank-you."
But, the point is, after a very long and far too detailed explanation of who and what age kids were doing what activity, one unifying thought suddenly drifted into all of our Mom-heads:
"Between the hours of 10am and 12:30pm, your kids will be...somewhere else."
The premise, of course, being that parents are supposed to be in Adult Education classes and/or decide to join the bell choir or something in that first hour, and then attend a blissful, educational, child-free service during the second hour when we're not shushing and threatening and generally being so un-Christian-like that we really shouldn't even be in the building.
Kate: We meet from ten to eleven in the...hallway. Here. This pew. Yep. As...arranged. By all of us. Just now.
MGC: And the topic you're discussing today?
Melanie: Turning Water into Wine.
Maria: Uhhh, HI! I'm Maria. I'm new here.
Kate: What? You said to practice Radical Hospitality. I was *totally* hospitable! She came back. See?
MGC: You? Really? Ummm, well done Kate.
Lydia: We were equally surprised. It's OK.
MGC: [curtsied] Thank you! No wine.
Lydia: What about Starbucks?
Maria: Ooh, yeah, that's important on Sunday. Like, fellowship? Right?
Kate: [to rest of group] I love her can we keep her?
MGC: Bring me a mocha and we'll call it even.
A little bit about the MGC - she's young and super cute and blonde and wears heels - well, not Kate heels, but Kate feels there is potential there for a dual conversion.
- Kate becomes more pious and not so snitchy to The Church Ladies
- MGC becomes more Prada and way more snitchy to The Church Ladies
"Your kids should know and feel your presence all the time, keeping them on a path of honesty, goodness and openness."
Then he looked at his watch.
Yes. We hid in the stairwell. The bathroom was closer, but then we heard one kids say something about having "to go" and we hightailed it down the stairs.
It was a proud moment.
Maria: We practiced Radical Hospitality. It worked. You're welcome.
MGC: And the part about hiding from your kids?