Tuesday, April 14, 2015

My ear and my shoes

Last Sunday during singing time with the 8-11 year olds, the 
chorister was teaching the kids different ways to sing familiar 
songs. Just after she announced, "Now this next song I want you 
to sing as loud as you can, without yelling." ….the little 8 year 
old boy sitting next to me said, "I think you might want to cover 
your ears because it's going to be very loud in here."  

I do have a bad ear so I said, "Okay, I'm going to go step out into 
the hallway. You take care of the class for me while I'm gone." 
And out I went. 

After it was over I came back to sit by that same boy and I said to 
him, "That was so kind of you to give me that warning. But how 
did you know I had a bad ear?"

He sat up straighter and seemed so proud as he told me, "I know 
because all old people have problems with their ears!" 

So serious he was.

This reminded me of just 4 days earlier when I was giving a lesson 
to fourteen girls ages 8-11. We were all sitting on the floor as we 
talked together about service and ways we can help other people. 
The lesson was going along just fine and then suddenly one of the 
girls said to me, "Do you know you are wearing two different 

I looked down in shock. How could I have done this? I quickly 
removed the shoes and sort of threw them under the table. I heard a 
few little giggles. Then I told the girls how embarrassed I felt. The 
room became quiet as those girls sat there with endearing
sympathetic looks on their faces. Finally one girl said, "I've done 
that before." She was trying to make me feel better! 

Tonight before I went visiting teaching, I read through the message 
the monthly message. It was about trying to be more Christ 
like….how we need to strive to be more like little 
children without guile:  innocent, honest intent, with pure motives. 

I'm thankful for the little people in my life. I want to be more like 


grandmapeg said...

"Out of the mouth of babes..." :-)Children can be blunt but I'm glad I'm not the only 'aging person' that receives that kind of comment from time to time. Your little girl though sounds like a sweetheart to try and ease your embarrassment over the different shoes. I've only worn different shoes once, but they were both white..one a pump and the other a flat. That was over ten years ago so the aging stuff must have hit me at an earlier age :-))

Anonymous said...

Aww.... That WAS really sweet. Thanks for sharing this!

Grandma Honey said...

You're back Darlene! I've missed you. I woke up this morning wondering how your eyes were doing.

Karen Mortensen said...

Those are sweet kids. Love that little boy.

Scrapally said...

So sweet! Love those littles!

Anonymous said...

Were you surprised that you had two different shoes on? Somehow I can't imagine you doing that.
Oh, thanks. I think my eyes are better. I'd have to give it a longer no-computer trial to know for sure. Thanks for asking.

Grandma Honey said...

I was doing too many things at once, plus I was very sleep deprived that day. I went into the closet to put different shoes on but somehow I just got one done and then the phone rang or something because I remember leaving the closet in a hurry. Apparently the shoes both feel about the same on my feet so I didn't notice! My multi tasking days are not the same as they use to be.

Grandma Honey said...

And good your eyes are better, but what does that tell us about being on the computer??