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In Your Easter Bonnet…

By Wyatt Earp | April 24, 2011

So, we took the kids to Easter mass this morning. It was the first time the six of us have been to church in a while. Mrs. Earp usually takes Kyle and Erik, while I stay home with Kevin and Julia. It’s been difficult to bring the toddlers since “the incidents.” Last year, while I was holding Julia, she took out her pacifier and threw it at the elderly woman behind us – striking her in the face. Kevin, on the other hand, spent the entire hour trying to run up and down the aisles. I spent that mass – where Kyle won an award from school – in the lobby wrangling the two little monsters blessings.

So today, we tried again.

It was surprisingly uneventful. Julia sat fairly still in the pew, and didn’t even fuss with her Easter dress that much. Kevin sat on the floor of the pew – yes, the floor – for most of the mass. Not exactly a win for us, but he was quiet. There were three events of note, however.

1. A really cute girl from Erik’s class – she was wearing a bowler! – sat in our pew. For the first ten minutes, she kept saying, “Hi, Erik!” Erik, unusually shy, kept turning his head and looking at the floor. After she finally half-yelled, “HI ERIK!” and waved at him, he waved back. Erik has always been popular with the girls in his class, but in public, he shies away.

2. At one point in the mass, we were all standing. Julia was sitting in the pew at the time. It got really quiet during a prayer, and she yelled, “SIT DOWN, EVERYONE!!!” That got chuckles from the people around us, as the missus and I tried to hide under the seats.

3. And finally, as we were going down the steps after mass, Kevin decided to serenade our fellow parishioners . . . with “Jingle Bells.” Oh well, at least it was a Christian holiday. He could have been singing “Shout at the Devil.”

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14 Responses to “In Your Easter Bonnet…”

  1. GroovyVic Says:
    April 24th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    He could have been singing “Shout at the Devil.”

    That’s funny right there.

    I asked my younglings if they wanted to go to church and they both yelled “NO!” It was a pretty dismal Easter.

  2. RT Says:
    April 24th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Beautiful! Happy Easter.

  3. Wyatt Earp Says:
    April 24th, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    GroovyVic – Today was nice, but t-storms are rolling in now. Gonna be a bad storm.

    RT – Thanks.

  4. Kim Says:
    April 24th, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Sounds like a typical church service with children.

    Look on the bright side. At least Erik didn’t try to nail Julia to a piece of wood.

  5. Wyatt Earp Says:
    April 24th, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Kim – Or shout, “She’s a heretic! Burn her!”

  6. Old NFO Says:
    April 24th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Happy Easter, and take heart, it COULD have been MUCH worse!!!

  7. ed Says:
    April 25th, 2011 at 1:21 am

    Wyatt, I know the spirit of this post is good. And I’m just gonna say I think you’re a very lucky, blessed man. And I think you know it too.

    Happy Easter.

  8. Code Monkey Says:
    April 25th, 2011 at 1:22 am

    At least Julia didn’t try to nail you to a piece of wood.

    There, fixed it.

  9. Wyatt Earp Says:
    April 25th, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Old NFO – Yeah, Kevin could have started a fire in the pew.

    Ed – Thank you, and yes, I do know it.

    CM – Yeah, she is the one that will give me the most grey hair.

  10. L Frame S&W Says:
    April 25th, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Ahhh, children, you can’t live with then, and you can’t murder them :+)

  11. Wyatt Earp Says:
    April 25th, 2011 at 11:55 am

    L Frame – But you CAN cut them out of your will . . .

  12. gb Says:
    April 25th, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    No fun in that. Grandparents are the ones that have all the fun-have the kids over, feed lots of sugar, build huge expectations, then send them home, laugh maniacally.

  13. L Frame S&W Says:
    April 25th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I’m looking forward to that part of grand-parenting, unfortunately, my children refuse to spawn…

  14. dragonlady474 Says:
    April 26th, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    ROFL! Julia is a girl after my own heart! Maybe she just wanted to get a better view.