Yeah, I knew you wouldn't post about Hazel. The Mods are not doing it on purpose, based on what Admin Jen T. said. Hazel isn't even supposed to be banned at all. Emilie got an extra day. I feel badly for them and Montego and Alissa. Kristie has only posted three times in four days, using both accounts. Don't know if she is taking time off or got a real ban or a mystery ban.
Oh, the 20 stars. Isn't that crazy? The chat I had with Hazel, Dario, Rachel, Miya, and Ali had like 60 stars on it! People want to see what we write so badly that they are willing to star it so as not to miss a thing? As opposed to not starring and reading without us knowing? It's too bad that chats aren't private, but when people let you know that they are reading what you write, that's a bit freaky. Stalkerish!
I am not taking the allergy medicine. I take two kinds of allergy meds plus a nasal spray because I have year round allergies. I'm surprised that it's not gotten worse, though, with all of this extra pollen happening.
That is sooo cool that you started to braille a 39C book. I knew you had said you were going to do that. So, would your braille version be the only one in the state or just your county or in the whole US or what? I think that is so cool that you do that!
I helped Brianna with the kids again. I got there at 4:55 and I couldn't find her anywhere. I waited in the lobby, in her office, asked Nina on the Info Desk if she'd seen her and she hadn't. It was almost 5:30! She had gone upstairs the back way and then went into the sanctuary from the other end of the building.
Brianna still barely talks to any of the parents, and that is only to have the parents sign them in. When we had the Children's Ministry meeting on Tuesday, the Hungry Hearts kids were not on the agenda. The VBS registration paper doesn't have one side in English and one in Spanish, which I had noticed right away. An adult brought it up at the meeting, though, and I asked her if she was asking the parents if they wanted to sign up their kids and she said no. DUH! That is part of the outreach! We're still going to have lots of other Hispanic children from the surrounding neighborhood if they can fill in the registration paper.
Also, Brianna can't say "no". She let Josh's dad sign up the younger (middle) brother, Jed, who isn't even three years old, and the age range is supposed to be 4 years old to fifth grade. First, When Jeffrey called the kids out, Josh was one of the first ones to leave the pew and come to us. He ran right up to me and jumped into my arms! That was just so sweet! Then, he started to run around as usual. Then Jed wanted me to carry him. He is a HUSKY boy! So, I held him until it was time to walk. I didn't know if Brianna was going to take them upstairs to do anything or straight to the playground or what. I guess I'm going to have to ask her every time or something. We also had some new kids.
Well the kids just take off when it's actually time for us to leave the sanctuary. The younger ones tend to run all the way down the hall to the dining room doors, but they are too heavy for them to open. They are just too fast for me and too many of them. Brianna said she already knows that the kids are going to do this, so I guess it's not that big of a deal. BUT, as I was trying to round up the kids by the dining room door and wondering where we were going to go, Christian, one of the new four olds, ran straight out the door to the playground and ran straight toward the street and I hadn't even seen him at all. Thankfully Brianna saw him and screamed for me. I watched all of the kids while she ran after him. Thankfully, she is a runner - she does marathons and stuff. I wouldn't have been able to catch him. He wouldn't stop even though she kept yelling for him to stop, and she grabbed him just before he ran into the street. WOW was that a close call!
Then we went upstairs to the classroom. We had 12 kids, which isn't a lot, but when we have kids like Josh and Christian, and Jed who is too young, and Kimberly who always cries the first 15 minutes, and the kids want to play with the balloons that are around the room (she couldn't have removed them for tonight?), it is sooo hard to keep corralling the littlest kids while Brianna does a song and she did a message.
I know, I shouldn't be complaining because she did what I've been wanting her to do. But she stood up there with two bananas. One yellow and another a dark color. She asked the kids if they would eat the yellow one and they all raised their hands. She asked about the other one and a 3 year old, Antonio raised his hand that he would eat it. Brianna was like, "Really? It's old and yucky." Well, he PROBABLY thought it was a plantain, but Brianna probably doesn't even know what that is, so I let it go, of course. Then she stood up there holding the bananas and talking about how some people are good, like the yellow banana, and some people are bad like the old banana. The little and new kids were running around, the older kids could care less what she is saying because 1. They are distracted by the little kids, and 2. How boring to just stand up there and hold two bananas and tell them that Jesus can help them be like the good banana. She should do a lesson like I saw her do for Sunday School - totally at the kid's age level even though they are 4 years old to fifth grade. And all of those kids were rowdy even though their teachers were sitting with them. If we didn't take the littlest kids, it would have been a bit easier, but she should do a better lesson. PLUS, the Bible says we can look good on the outside, but it's what is inside that counts, like the Pharisees. She should have had two cups. One clean outside and dirty inside. One the opposite. Explain that we might not have the nicest clothes, but if we follow Jesus, we'll be clean inside like the cup. If the cup is clean on the outside, a person can still be bad on the inside because they aren't doing what Jesus wants them to do. So, the lesson was bogus. Judgmental, aren't I? She is taking a step, so I'm glad about that, but I wish she would have done it a bit differently.
So, then we took the kids outside, but through the daycare room so they would go straight into the fenced in playground. That was fun and Kimberly stopped crying after a bit. I was talking to her to ask if she went to school, because if she did, I am wondering about the anxiety. She has her cousin with her, who is younger than she is. She has a friend named Joceline who is about 9 who she knows. She goes to Head Start and started smiling when I asked her questions about it. Her favorite thing? The food. That is why the families come to us on Thursday night, and it's up to us to also teach them about Jesus, too.
So after we brought the kids inside, we had to have them wait for their parents to be dismissed to the dinner cuz they have to sign their kids out. Josh did NOT want to sit still. I literally had to hold him into the chair. I saw his dad pointing to him and laughing with whoever he was sitting beside. So after he signed Josh and Jed out, and they were last, I followed the dad (also Josh) and told him that his kids are just energetic and it's typical for that age (though Josh was worse than his little brother!) and that I've seen him take care of his boys during a service and he does really well with keeping them quiet and seated. He was surprised that I'd noticed and said a positive thing, I think. I told him, "Well at least you have some time before baby Jacob starts running around, right?" He was like, "No, he's starting to walk already." I would really like to know where his wife/girlfriend is. Some of the other adults seem to take turns helping him with Josh and Jed, but I've never actually seen the family with any female who sits with them or anything. It's just very curious. Brianna followed Josh and me down the hall as we were talking. It's a bit difficult, me being younger and getting over this social anxiety, so I wonder what she was thinking since she doesn't talk to the parents.
I told Brianna we were going to have to come up with another method of bringing the kids out of the sanctuary so that we don't have any runaways again. That was a SERIOUS breach! In the children's ministry meeting we had talked about using a jump rope for the littler kids if there is a fire (or drill) or shooter or something because they will be panicked and want to run and hide. So, she suggested we try that. I thought it was a good idea and said maybe we can have older kids in the front and back and be like helpers. Some of the older kids already do try to help. Then we went our separate ways, and I was walking past the Info Desk and had a thought, so I went and found Brianna. I asked if everyone who helps at the desk leaves when the service starts except for Nina. Because if there were one person who stayed just a few minutes longer, they could just stand at the outside door to make sure the kids don't run out the door. She thought that was a good idea and said she'd ask. She was talking to Pastor Cathy and Nina about it as I was leaving. It was a LONG short period of time!!! =) I love those kids, though!
Brianna asked me if I'd help miss Jen again on Sunday for SS because her aide won't be in church again. So, I'll be helping with the 4-5 year olds like I did on Easter. My mom had already called the guy from church about fixing my computer. She left a message about how we could get it to him on Sunday. He called and left a message about us looking for each other before SS, but now that I'm going to help, I have to make sure I'm not late going upstairs. So, we have to call him back. I really hope he can fix my computer! Although, I think I might get a separate keyboard for it so that I don't have the problem with the pad on my laptop messing me up and causing a whole post like this to be deleted sometimes. Or an email. Being here at the library made me realize how much easier it is to type on a regular keyboard.
Well, that was MUCH longer than I'd intended. I hope I didn't bore you. =)
Catch up with you later, George