Friday, May 9, 2008

Do you mind if I sing it to you?

I went to Relief Society for the first time in two years a couple of weeks back.

No, I haven't been inactive, I've simply been in Primary since the day I was married. I've bounced from this ward to that one, that nursery to this one, Valiant 10 and sharing time. I've survived short attention spans, questions that the kids know answers to better than me, and unnaturally high-pitched squeals of excitement. I have all the answers to life's great questions in the form of a song. What's that sir? You're curious about what happened before you were born? Well I've got you covered, but . . . . do you mind if I sing it to you?
There were times when strangulation almost occurred, but then I remembered they had parents who would miss them, and in truth, so would I. I have grown to love and respect children. They're smart little boogers! I don't remember being that knowledgeable as a snot-nosed kid. Hopefully my future children will inherit the genius genes from my husband.

I went to Relief Society for the first time in two years a couple of weeks back because I was released as a primary teacher. Wow, was I uncomfortable! I didn't know what to say or do, how to act, where to sit. Well, I take that last part back. I knew exactly where to sit. Left side, third row back, in the middle (about the 4th chair). Yep, that was my spot, or at least it was during sharing time. Chair ownership is transferable, right?

Although Relief Society that first week was unfamiliar, I've faithfully gone for three weeks now and I've found that things aren't that different from Primary. I still encounter short attention spans, questions I don't know the answers to, and unnaturally high-pitched squeals of excitement. Albeit in smaller quantities, but still.

Overall I think I'm adjusting quite nicely. I do miss all the singing though. Sometimes, when the kids sing really loud, I'll hear them during Relief Society and my attention shifts to the songs. I mean, come on, I've got to be prepared for those tough questions.

Um, sir, that question is a bit harder. You might need to wait until I have children in Primary. I haven't learned the song for that one yet.


Doug & Jessica said...

Oh I know how you feel. I've been in primary since I've been married and I am the pianist so I get to know the songs even more. I haven't been to relief society in so long. I don't know anyone in our ward so its kind of hard. But I like primary too. I am just worried for the day when I get released and I have to start over and get to know more people. Its hard!

Meka said...

Duane and I are in primary too, good luck with that transition back in to RS. Anyway you guys have to go see Phantom its worth every penny, the whole thing was just completely amazing. You guys would love it! Sell one of your game systems and then go!! You've gotta see it!!

The Jones Station Wagon said...

I guess they put newly wedded people in Primary because they figure they can keep up with the youngins!!! In my first ward I wanted SOOO badly to get back to Relief Society but now I like Primary cause it's the only time everything is in ENGLISH!!!!

Brittany & Gary said...

Yeah we were stuck in nursery when we first got married. Then we moved & were called into nursery again before we could even attend the ward. The nursery was so large that they had it split. I had the older kids like 3 years old & I still had 13 kids! I'm telling you what, nursery is the most effective birth control! I didn't even have an inkling of baby hunger until I had been teaching Valiant 10 for almost a year.