Side note: (We are still looking for a second opinion for myself. This morning was a hard morning but my first neurologist told me to double my pills. So that’s what I’m doing now although it just makes me a little more loopy than before if possible! Thanks for the continued prayers).
My sister Lori just moved into a new little town called Commercial Point. It’s a really cute little neighborhood right outside of Columbus, OH. We’ve spent the last several days here trying to escape stress! There is a cute little church less than a block away and we thought it would be great to send the kids to VBS there this week.
Excitedly – the kids, my nephew DJ, my sister, and myself walked them down the little block to drop them off. I have to tell you that walking into the church my sister and I oddly found ourselves a little teary-eyed. It reminded me so much of when mom and dad had a little church in Calhoun, KY. The church was decorated to the max. Everyone so eager to help and yet they’re having a “teachers’ meeting” right when we’re supposed to sign in the kids! It’s typical little church! Signs are posted everywhere and you just can’t help but love this sweet little community church!
So we drop off the kids and walk back to the house so we can all crash for 3 hours while the kids are at VBS. So we head back to the church a little early to see how they end their nightly program. I see Malaya and Mikela dancing and singing songs on the front row. A small-built, nearly bald man is playing his guitar and even that made me a little teary-eyed! He was just the cutest little preacher guy. Their mission goal this week was 400.00. If they got their goal then he would let them draw a smiley face on his head. If they doubled their goal they got to shave his beard and then his whole head would be hairless. You saw all the little teachers looking to each other, nudge-nudge, smiling, laughing like – “Oh yeah, we’ll reach our goal!”. I mean it was just so cute.
Oddly enough I see Rosie being carried into the sanctuary with a little sweet old lady. I thought – of course! Rosie has found someone to carry her here just like in Haiti. She sat very quietly with her thumb in her mouth in the back until VBS was dismissed.
This little lady is sitting in the back of the church, probably in her 50’s, has the sweetest little disposition to her. I walked to this little lady and said – “That one is mine and I guess she found her a new best friend!” Well that lady didn’t smile at me at all. I asked her, “Was Rosie okay? Did she just want to be held all the time?”. She looked at me with a sour look and said and I quote, ” I didn’t get to spend anytime with the other children because she was too busy not listening. She doesn’t seem to act the age she should.” I told her I was so sorry – that Rosie was 4 years old, from Haiti, born with Tetanus, a little hard headed, etc. etc. She nodded as she listened but kept that look like “Yeah, I don’t care what you say.”
I told her – “well maybe I shouldn’t bring her back. I don’t want her to take away from YOUR MINISTRY while you’re here.” SHE SAID and I QUOTE – – “I THINK THAT IS A GOOD IDEA!”
Wow! How bad do you have to be to be banned from VBS? LOL! I didn’t know whether to cry from embarrassment for myself or for embarrassment for the teacher. Here is the cute little preacher guy up front telling everyone to bring a friend! There couldn’t be more than 30 kids total. They’re trying to raise money for a mission and they don’t even want Rosie’s little quarters!!!
I was talking to Lori about it and she just laughed and said – you just need to blog about it! 🙂 I’m thinking wow – what if I weren’t already a Christian and I’m bringing my child and the lady who is there to minister tells me it’s a good idea not to bring her anymore! Can you imagine if we did that in Haiti??
My sister and i have worked at VBS programs our whole lives. We know those little brats that cause all the problems. Maybe you tell the parent – “Little Johnny was wild tonight. I hope he is better tomorrow”. You don’t say – PLEASE DONT BRING YOUR KID BACK!!! LOL!
We might just bring her back tomorrow night for spite…..we haven’t decided yet 🙂
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