A Fate Worse Than Death

21 Apr

I am becoming my mother.

There. I said it out loud. I am becoming my mother.  Every year, my Lenten discipline is to try to be less judgmental, but I’m not only not making any progress, but I’m steadily losing ground.

We all have things that drive us nuts, but most people can bite their tongue and keep on going. Not I. Our parish is buying about twenty new prayer books – at $15 a pop – to replace those with pages that are falling out. Several years ago, one of our morning groups – the purpose changes, but the membership seems to remain steady – made bookmarks for every hymnal and prayer book in the racks. They are probably more important for the prayer books, as you must flip back and forth between the service, the psalm, the collect, and the Prayers of the People. Three of these change every week, and there are four ribbons, so you can find your place again quickly. Half of the time, people jam the open book into the rack, just about guaranteeing that the pages will fall out.  When I’m ushering with The Squire I will reach into the pew, close the offending books and put them on the seat. Shape up, folks!

We used to have one member who always pulled the bookmarks and tossed them aside. When I asked him why he did it, he replied they were never in the right place. “Herb, do you honestly think we have a team of pixies that come in every Saturday to mark the books?”

During Lent we have soup suppers every Wednesday night, with two kinds of soup, great chunks of Italian bread, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for dessert. Every blessed week, there are about twice as many PBJ sandwiches as needed, and they get tossed in the trash. I dig them out and throw them into the yard for the wild life, but it is still a monumental waste of food. How about fixing only half as much?

This morning – Easter Sunday, mind you! – Mac was wearing a huge fuzzy top hat, complete with white ears. While the rest of us were waiting in silence for the service to start, he pushed some button, and the ears began to waggle back and forth in time to “Here Comes Peter Cottontail”. In church. I gave him my best Audrey Parker glare and he turned it off. That or the death rays broke to fool thing!

I’ve turned into my mother! Pray for me!

5 Responses to “A Fate Worse Than Death”

  1. tiggerlyss April 21, 2019 at 8:56 pm #

    Well, you already knew that you had some of her proclivity toward being a pack rat. Although I nearly had a tea fountain through my nose while reading your morning, I was not surprised… Rite 1 and all that I hope you had a joyous Easter.

    • thisendoftheswamp April 22, 2019 at 2:22 pm #

      I’m thinking about decamping to St. Alban’s for a few weeks.

  2. AJ April 21, 2019 at 9:55 pm #

    Well I think we all turn into our mothers, but most of the stuff you’re talking about would bug me too! Please are often lazy and/or inconsiderate. I tell my students to imagine how awesome the world would be if everyone just thought of someone other than themselves!

    • Shay Simmons May 3, 2019 at 2:42 am #

      I’m not becoming my mother, but my oldest sister sure is.

      • AJ May 3, 2019 at 2:52 am #

        Lol lucky you!

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