Letter to the Grouchy Lady at Church
Posted April 6, 2015 by Prairie Wife - 15 comments
Dear Grouchy Lady at Church,
Let me start out by saying, Happy Easter! Not only is this a glorious day religiously (Christ has risen) but the sun is shining and the birds are singing. Can you believe we got here a half hour early (with a family our size we need more room than most) and there was only this spot next to you that would fit us? No don’t worry about getting up for us so we can get past you without causing you bodily harm or us the embarrassment of brushing various body parts against you. I’m sorry my whispers to the children encouraging them to move as far down the pew as possible from you disturbed your prayers, and that Cowboy C (he is two now isn’t that a fun age to bring to church) was a little wiggly on my lap. I also appreciate your suggestion to place him between The Cowboy and I when he lost his balance and touched your leg.
Thanks for only cringing the first time he dropped his horse, but not the second. I’m sorry me tapping the lady in front of us and asking her to get it was rude (in your opinion) but I could tell Cowboy C was about to break down and I wanted to prevent that. It is clear to me as well, that despite me covering up with a blanket to nurse LittleMissH, I obviously offended your sensibilities. I of course refrained from pointing out that your breasts were only covered up by a piece of fabric as well. Though I will admit that your polyester black blazer offered a touch more coverage than my blanket. I have never prayed for a blanket to stay in place, or the baby to stay silent and not cry or burp before, how wonderful to have that experience while at church! Never before has the sound of a baby farting made me break into a cold sweat but I can attest to the fact that Secret Clinical Strength deodorant does work to hide stress sweat smell.
Due to the process of walking up for communion my oldest three children wound up entering your personal space during the last part of mass…for this I truly apologize. I know that Cowboy W pouting when his sister bumped him was the straw that broke the camels back and I appreciate you hanging in there until the last verse was sung before you rushed out without making any eye contact. So, because I didn’t have a chance to say so after mass, thank you for making me question my choice to attend mass with my large family. During mass it was all I could do to keep at bay my tears of frustration over what was in retrospect some of the best church behavior I’ve ever seen out of my kids.
Have a wonderful week and God Bless!
Note to Readers: I wanted to respond to the many comments that were left on FB and this post…
1. This is sadly a 100% true story!
2. This is my first bad experience in the almost decade I have been attending church with my children, and it occured at a church in another town. I assure you all that it will NOT keep us from attending mass…we don’t get discouraged that easily.3. My reaction to her was always a pleasant response and large smile, kill them with kindness I always say! This post was how I vented and I thank you all for your compassion and kind words, as well as your understanding.
4. Hearing from our readers how many of you have had similar experiences (many of you multiple times) makes me so sad. I encourage you to ignore them and focus on all of the kind words from our readers. In the end the majority of people welcome and even encourage young families at their church…don’t give up!