Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Let your light so shiner


Quiz.

The bruise on Leah's face was incurred:



(A) During an encounter with a bully,

(B) In an unfortunate playground accident, or

(C) While serving as the reverence child.




If you have ever met Leah, the answer is obviously "C." She is the only Sunbeam I know capable of sustaining facial injuries in an attempt to model reverent behavior.

For those unfamiliar with LDS culture, it is traditional each Sunday to invite two particularly adorable primary-age children to stand at the front of the chapel and fold their arms, reminding the congregation to reverently prepare themselves for sacrament meeting.





(It is also generally considered inappropriate to snap pictures with your cell phone before worship services. But let's not fret over details.)

So last week, my girls were called to duty. This was no small feat, as Jack was in DC and curtain call is 8:50 am, but we made it on time and things actually started out very well. Leah's arms remained folded for a good 2 or 3 minutes before the boredom kicked in. Then she transitioned to waving, then winking, and then double thumbs up. Just as she was hitting her stride, a member of the bishopric mercifully started the meeting, thanked the girls, and invited them to return to their seats.

Leah, likely assumming that she would receive gum as payoff for her mad reverence skills, responded to the invitation like a starting gun. She ran full speed toward the stairs without looking, slammed her face into the music stand, and was knocked to the ground. Jolie (mortified) helped her to her feet, then she continued racing toward our bench unfazed.

By the time she arrived at sharing time, the bruise had appeared like a badge of glory. Just in time for the primary president to award her highest honor to date - a sticker that says, "I can be reverent."


17 comments:

Jane said...

Oh my gosh, that is so funny. I lover her reckless ways, I really do. I also love your mad writing skillz.

Amy Eagleston said...

Lets not get our kids together. It would be pure mayhem. Actually mayhem is good. I'll see you at the next reunion :)

Aileen said...

YEAH! I've been waiting for another post! This one did NOT disappoint in all it's hilarity (word?) This story is the BEST the way you tell it is the BEST!!!_

Susan said...

Katie - you and Leah are my main source of entertainment!!

krissiecook said...

Please do not suppose that your child is the only one capable of such feats. It only encourages fate to offer Stellan such a tempting injury.

michelle magnusson said...

I snorted with laughter in the third row and then felt bad for laughing at a child's misfortune... but then again, torturing children was really a draw for my present career.

Rileigh said...

HAHAHAHAHA! It's like I was there. I can't believe you took a picture. I love you.

Lorie said...

I love her! And I love that you took a picture with your cell phone!!

Jodi said...

that's amazing. So sad I missed it.

Jeannie said...

The collective "Ohhhhhh," in the congregation was heartbreaking.

Maybe you should have named her Grace.

I love Leah! I'm so glad she's in Primary now!!!!

Flem said...

If only our family showed up on time to see the reverent fall.

This is why blogging is so important--proof of your innocence should CPS ever come after you.

Memzy said...

Funniest. Story. Ever.

Kristin said...

Awesome. Clearly, this is why she was named as our sole inheritant.

Daneille said...

I love you guys! These stories of yours truly serve to vindicate me as a parent of the previous generation. Somehow, my kids used to think that these awkward, embarrassing type of incidents only happened to OUR family and it was because I wasn't taking good care of them, had too many kids, or just because my generation had no class ~ whatever. The weirdest thing is that Todd has been the biggest complainer. Thank you, Leah, for serving as a mirror to your uncle Todd. (When you have plenty of time, check out all his scars, someday.) AND ~ thank you for getting me off the hook!
p.s. I realize that I may, in fact, have just incriminated myself after all. This still is MY family, isn't it? (Shoot!) Oh well, sorry about that. I apologize in advance to all future descendants.

Mary Karlee said...

I'm not sure what was funnier, the actual incident or your witty replay. Love it!

Jenny ESP said...

It's potential scenarios like this that make me consider showing up to church on time.

Chris and Erin said...

Leah is definitely an Erb... In the picture snapped with your cell phone of Leah and Jolie, Leah looks just like Patrice and I when we were 3. It is crazy how much she looks like us! I'm wondering if she thought the reverence child was supposed to show kids what not to do as well :) I love that girl!

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