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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Jesus wants me for a Sunbeam

I felt really disappointed when I was called to be a Sunbeam (3-4 year olds at church) teacher last week. In the last year I've felt so desperate for grown up interaction that I probably come on really strong now that we're in such a nice neighborhood with friendly people. Being asked to go to primary means that I'll no longer have those two hours every Sunday to sit with other adults and participate in real discussions. Ones that don't involve the phrase, "please don't put that cracker in so-and-so's ear."

I know there is a lot these adorable kids can teach me, but it's still hard to feel excited about it right now. My first week I didn't have to teach, but I just went to be reminded how Primary works (I haven't been in Primary since I graduated from it 17 years ago) and it was exhausting. We had a few visitors and the extra kids made for an interesting group. They were constantly up and down off their chairs, trying to CLIMB OUT THE WINDOW, asking for snacks and poking each other... I know, I know, I have a toddler so I should expect this kind of behavior and be ready for it. The thing is, Aspen has never been much a busy-body kid. As a little one, she only crawled for about a week before she decided to walk, and, even then, she was already 13 months old. She never pulled things off shelves or ate books or emptied drawers or got into serious mischief. So sometimes I'm caught off guard by kids who are a little more rambunctious than her.

And I have this hang up that women who stay home with kids all day shouldn't be called to Primary. It's like, that's a three-hour window during which a SAHM can have a little break. I know that's ridiculous to some because who better to take care of kids at church than women who already take care of kids all the time? At least, that seems to be the reaction I get from people when I voice my concern.

Regardless, I'm going to do my best with these kids each week. They are incredibly cute. Also, the Bishopric said they try not to keep people in Primary longer than a couple of years so... there's that to consider.

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  1. Primary is hard, there's no question about it. It can be a little isolating, and I know that from quite a bit of personal experience (including being put in nursery THE WEEK Bug hit 18 months old and then released THE WEEK she went to Sunbeams.)

    But there are lots of upsides, too! Kids Sunbeam age are FREAKING HILARIOUS. I can't believe the hilarious stuff they said when I taught Sunbeams (ALONE AND WHILE PREGNANT), and there's a special sort of kinship with the other teachers when you all see that bratty kid wiggling in his seat for the one millionth time.

    But the best part of all of this is that you're in a neighborhood you plan on being in for a long time, which makes primary sort of awesome. I know it sounds all weird and nostalgic, but when you see these kiddos grow up and head to young men/women or eventually missions or college or whatnot, it's pretty great. The 5 year olds I taught when we first moved in to this ward (right before I taught all their little siblings in Sunbeams) are going into like 6th grade or something, and it makes me laugh every single week.

    And one more thing (that I am repeating with every single calling I get from now until the end of time) IT'S NOT CUB SCOUTS. So there's that.

    1. They do say the darndest things, that's for sure. I can't believe you were in nursery just for those 18 months!! I would have cried.

      Kev just got "friends of scouting" added in with his other calling. For some reason he always gets that! But at least it doesn't mean campouts.


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