The assignment this week at RemembeRed was to write about an embarrassing moment.
I was the too young mom who sat in the front pew. I am sure they understood when I walked in a little late each Sunday morning with my crew of four. One in my arms and three little ducks following behind. We may have mismatched. Our hairs not all falling in the right spots. A grumble or whimper may have come from our mouths. But we had made it again, to Sunday morning church.
I was always just a bit frazzled and maybe a little bit tense. Sunday mornings created some havoc, from feedings, clothing, diaper changes and getting them all through the door and into the car placed into their respective places in the church...all at the right time.
So as I slid into the pew. Planted there, surrounded by love, patience and concern. They were family. They knew my troubles.
And as I sat, I relaxed. Settled and listened. Renewed, strengthened. Ready to carry on.
At the closing prayer, the routine to gather began again. Finding each in their classrooms and they excitedly shared...all at once of their hour without me.
I hear people call out, wanted to see the little cherubs. Each stopping for a moment of encouragement, affection.
As I turned to walk again, one is missing. I scanned with intention...
I spotted him. Eye on the knob and smile on his face. And I, and my children....and the scattered congregation in their Sunday's finest, are showered by the sprinklers which have been turned on.
My face is red with embarrassment and his giggles make it worse.
I ran to turn it off, rebuking this young one...who is always the one! And I turned afraid to see the reaction....
But I am greeted with smiles and understanding.
They are family. A little more damp, and their hair not as neat. Possibly a little frazzled and a little bit tense. My world had spilled over...and havoc was done!