by Jayne Jaudon Ferrer
(or Why the Future of Formal Religious Services Is in Peril for Families of Small Children)
The good ones
are when nobody spills grape jelly
on the front of a clean shirt Mom just ironed,
and everybody goes straight to the car
without chasing the dog or
going after a bug or
over a puddle,
and somebody doesn't yell, "OH, NO!
I FORGOT MY MONEY FOR JESUS!!!"
at the top of his lungs
right in front of the Esther Class window
just after they've bowed for prayer.
The bad ones
are when somebody thinks the preacher's
require earnest, honest,
clearly enunciated answers,
and everybody waves at Dad in the choir loft,
and in sign language
loud enough to reach Borneo,
points out their own exemplary behavior,
and the very rude antics of their siblings,
and nobody has a clue why
Mom feels a headache coming on
every Saturday night.
From A Mother of Sons (Loyola Press)
Jayne Jaudon Ferrer is the author of four books, including one which has remained in print for almost twenty years and is currently in its third edition. A former advertising copywriter and freelance journalist, Ferrer is a native Floridian who now makes her home in Greenville, South Carolina. Her work focuses on family life and women's experiences and she is a frequent guest at book festivals and women's events around the country. For more information, visit jaynejaudonferrer.com.
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