We went to church this morning, seeing as it’s the start of Holy Week. Since Peanut has become mobile, we’ve let our churchgoing slide. The thought of chasing him under the pews, listening to his screaming protests, or watching Mass from the cry room has not appealed to Tate or me. However, we were hoping that attending church today could help curb our eventual spiral into eternal damnation.
Sadly, the whole going to church business didn’t go anymore smoothly than we’d expected. As Tate spent much of the time either in the cry room or trying to keep Peanut from swan diving from the pew, I had time to
daydream listen to today’s message.
As I looked around, I noticed MANY, MANY good Catholic families with MANY, MANY children. The family two pews ahead of us had seven children all looking to be under the age of around nine. It looked to me like they had at least two, possibly three sets of twins. The sheer number of twins was not the most amazing part of this family, though. They were ALL wearing something that required ironing. And! Their clothes were all freshly pressed. Also, the Mom looked like a million dollars. Happy, calm, dressed, clean hair, and she smiling. She was smiling at her SEVEN very well-behaved children. I was in awe.
Then there was the family sitting directly in front of us. Four children, all five years of age or less. (I know this because I asked the oldest girl how old she was.) Each child sat quietly, playing with their palm leaves for the ENTIRE Mass.
This is only a mere two examples. These families with litters of children had the most well-behaved kids in church. And the Mothers all seemed happy! There is no way that people were looking at me in church today thinking, “ah, she looks so happy!” I was stressed at Peanut’s behavior and antics, eventhough he’s only 17 months old.
We are either going to have to start faithfully attending church to get Peanut used to sitting for a long period of time. Or we’ll have to resign ourselves to a few years of the cry room. Or worse yet, we’ll have to accept that we are doomed for eternal damnation.