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December 24, 2014

Christmas Follies


Clark pitched a fit this evening. Being somewhat of an expert in fits, I can say with some certainty that this was, in fact, a royal fit - complete with waterworks, wailing, kicking, and clawing down the aisle.

All of the above wouldn't have been so bad, had it not been right during the middle of the Christmas Eve service at church.

My wife Gwyn was set to play the piano for the annual Christmas Eve Service at Brown American Indian Baptist Church. Or as we call it in our family, simply "The Church" - as if any there were any other.

Assuming the best, we didn't account for Clark's...malcontent when separated from his Mother. Much to our chagrin, screaming could well be an understatement to describe what he did in that small, wooden chapel.

Being the lone parent without obligations in the annual Christmas program (spare the duet I had lately agreed to sing with my sister), defeated, I loaded him into the car and drove home. After he calmed down a bit, I was fortunate to have distracted him with Veggie Tales for the remainder of the evening.

I was inclined to be upset, but I snapped a shot of the scene above and the frustration I felt melted away.

It occurred to me, even Jesus was a toddler at one point. And as parenting goes, I'm sure Mary and Joseph had their share of embarrassing evenings with young Jesus too. It's just sort of what toddlers do. Even Divine ones.

And so, I fired up Clark's favorite Veggie Tales and proceeded to get some of the food ready for our family's gift exchange tonight. Better to productive than mope at what I missed.

All told, I think things worked out for the best.


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