Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Sleeping with Bread: the Highs and Lows of Parenting

The Highs...

A few weeks ago, I shared the drama\trama that was The Class Play. Marley was cast in a role that she did not like and there was much weeping (hers) and gnashing of teeth (mine). A lot of listening, some "discussion," and one bribe later and Marley was willing to give it a go.

Last week we witnessed the fruits of our efforts to persuade and her hard work. There were six performances of the play. Marley did very well and a couple of moms actually came up to her and told her that she and her fictional son were their favorite part of the play. Of course they whispered this to her because they didn't want her own kids to hear their disloyalty.

It was an exhausting week to be perfectly honest. Getting Marley in and out of her costume and helping with mics... then having getting to watch the show for all six performances. (They did do a great job, but still--six times is at least four too many.)  I am very proud of her though.  She did her German accent and hysterical mommy of a chocolate fudge boy bit very well.  She knew her lines and blocking.  She endured having medical tape applied and removed multiple times. (It hurts!) It really was hard work.

I'm posting a couple of pictures. I didn't get too many but when I get more from other parents I'll ask permission to share. The kindergarteners and first graders are a must see. The kinders were candy and the first graders were the Oompa-Loompas. You will just die from all the cuteness.

Mrs. Gloop and her little snausage-vausage,
Augustus in front of the vat of chocolate.

Marley gets her mic checked.  She was being a little silly because
the sound guy wanted her to do jumping jacks.  This was before the second morning's performance and the kids were a little tired.

You can see why I don't have more pictures of my kids. 
This is their attitude toward having their pictures taken.
We did not get through the week without bribes
of chewing gum and soda in exchange for smiles.

the Lows...

In very, very sad news, we lost a member of our church this past week. His death was sudden and unexpected and it has left many of his friends in shock and sadness. Although I have known J. for years, I wasn't really more than an acquaintance. He was friends with many of my friends, though. I knew his parents years ago at our old church. As a parent, I cannot help but think about how I would feel if it were my child who died.

J. was supposed to play drums at church this past Sunday and so there was an empty drum kit that served as an extra reminder of our loss. The theme for this Sunday was Love for the second week of Advent. (We are a week off the regular schedule, I think.) I had been asked to do the Scripture reading and a meditation. I was somewhat at a loss for words but was able to find a passage from a book that had some words appropriate to both Advent and the loss.

I am thinking of J.s friends and family every day. I hope that the they are able to find comfort in each other and God at this time. I know loss... but not one as close as this one is to them. My heart aches for them, truly. I am also extremely grateful to have my family with me, safe and sound.

I'll end this with a particular Scripture that came up multiple times on Sunday. Without any discussion or coordination, it was in one of the songs we sang, in my meditation and in the communion meditation. I've been in a King James kind of mood so I'll use that version, from Romans 8:38-39...

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Anonymous said...

How wonderful for Marley - I'm glad she got some recognition for her hard work and hope she feels it was all worth it. Though most of all, I hope next time she gets the part she's hoping for.

I may be in the minority, but I have found that experiencing a profound loss at a time when people's hearts are wide open is actually a little more tolerable, less isolating. Though I hope never to experience the loss of a child.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...Indigo Virgo's comment has me thinking...I wonder if that's true? I will continue to wonder. And hope/pray that I never have to find out for certain.

Congrats to Marley! I'm glad it worked out for everyone!

Terri B. said...

This is one of my favorite scriptures. It has been a big help especially when grieving. I'll be praying for J.s family.

Mel said...

Okay.......she's just too adorable--even with the 'talk to the hand' jesture. LOL

Congratulations to her (and to YOU) on a job well done.
And my prayers to the family and congregation who are undoubtedly feeling that loss.


John Ross said...

Congrats to Marley and her ever tolerant, hard working Mommy. It does look very cute and pretty well put togeather.

Very sorry to hear about the loss of your friend/aquaintence. I know around Christmas can be a hard time to lose people...really.

Hopng that all your Christmas prep and meditations on same are good.