Scenes from Sunday

August 9, 2009 | 14 comments
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Because I said something that might possibly have been interpreted as mildly irreverent [1], my husband rather dramatically took two steps away from me. I glowered at him until he threw his arms around me and said, “don’t smite her!”

Then he got pensive and said, “How come Lot didn’t stand up for his wife? Didn’t even pray for her? She turns into a pillar of salt and his reaction is pretty much ‘eh, what are you going to do?’”

and then

“He would have done better if she’d been alive. Because she would have said, ‘stop drinking and put a tunic on!”

Earlier, we had our family home evening (really chosen people have it on Sundays, don’t you know?), and the eleven-year-old is really perplexed that Jesus was Jewish. And the four-year-old is really into the idea that Jesus put mud on the guy’s eyes.

There is still a shoe on our roof.

Earlier yet, the seven-year-old had his first bite of sloppy joe and said, “my compliments to the chef!”

And the four-year-old refused to go to Primary. And the eleven-year-old was terminally bored in sacrament meeting.

[1] It was “stupid Doctrine and Covenants,” a comment brought about by the embarrassment that my husband and I suffered when we insisted to our eleven-year-old on the way home from church that, despite what his teacher told him, there was no such thing in the scriptures about the Lord sending maggots to people and causing their eyes to fall out in the last days and his triumph in quickly looking up D & 29:18-19. Amazing what kids glom onto and adults don’t even remember, isn’t it?

14 Responses to Scenes from Sunday

  1. Cameron on August 10, 2009 at 12:52 am

    Julie, thanks for sharing. I live in a transient Utah ward with lots of young families, so I know I have a lot to look forward too. Having kids sounds like so much fun! My first is due in 31 days…

  2. Wm Jas on August 10, 2009 at 3:31 am

    I remember that bit about the maggots in the D&C. It was a favorite of mine when I was a kid.

  3. Aaron on August 10, 2009 at 7:10 am

    Having Family Home Evening on Sunday rather than Monday always made more sense to our family. It was the perfect way to bring the Sabbath to a close and to prepare for the week of school and other activities ahead. Now that our kids aren’t little anymore, I miss those times a lot.

  4. Ardis Parshall on August 10, 2009 at 8:23 am

    When the four-year-old refused to go to Primary and the eleven-year-old expressed terminal boredom, I’ll bet you patted your pocket to be sure the car keys were still there.

  5. Matt W. on August 10, 2009 at 8:55 am

    My Wife is the Primary Chorister. Yesterday, she received a call from another parent, who informed her that his son had just said:

    “Singing time was so awesome it almost made my head explode!”

    That’s why I love my wife.

  6. Sean on August 10, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Nice, Ardice!

    Julie, I can relate to your random comments about your kids at church. They sometimes come home with odd questions about hings they learned in Primary, or that someone said. I also sometimes find myself apologizing to the people around us after sacrament meeting because our 3 little children (the oldest is 5) act like, well, little children. They talk, color, drop things, etc., and sometimes can be a little disruptive. Ironically, I usually get comments back about how cute and actually good others perceive them to be in the meeting. I guess I pay more attention to the disruptive things than the big picture when I’m there with them at church.

  7. Stephanie on August 10, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Aha! A house full of boys. Never a dull (or clean or sanitary or peaceful) moment, is there? Violence and gore are the best ways to get little boys interested in the scriptures. Thank goodness for all the war stories in the BofM (particularly the one where Shiz’s head gets cut off and his body shudders before dying – we have to read that one over and over).

  8. Kim Siever on August 10, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Cool. I’m a chosen people. :)

  9. Matt Rasmussen on August 10, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    There is a shoe on your roof? Maybe it belongs with the swim goggles that are on our garage. I told our boys to get it down so they would have them when the need them and the reply was “when we need them, we know where they are.”

    We used to have FHE on Sunday because my wife had classes on Monday night. Now we don’t have a reason but I think we should switch back; it’s definitely a nice way to end Sunday.

  10. Martin on August 10, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    You people holding FHE on Sundays makes it awfully hard for the rest of us to get our hometeaching done!

    I wrote that with a smile, but you can still feel a little guilty about it if you want….

  11. jjohnsen on August 10, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Ah, yes. The maggots went over well with the ten-year-olds in my Primary class.

  12. Alison Moore Smith on August 10, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Well of course an 11-year-old boy would remember that verse. OK, girls would, too, but for entirely different reasons.

    Re: the roof shoe

    Anyone else remember the Seinfeld standup routine about the single socks escaping from the dryer?

  13. Amy S on August 11, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Okay, so the first two paragraphs are so me and my husband. That made me laugh. And I would like to know why as well!

    Then Ardis’ comment made me laugh out loud…after I connected the dots to the “kid driving” story.

    So, I guess I am glad I jotted over to t&s after all instead of going to bed like I should!

  14. annegb on August 14, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    I love reading about your kids, Julie.