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Kids, work and connections

Alas, the opportunity to blog has been few and far between lately with the crazy fall schedule. I am amazed I am still energetic as I have been up since 5:30 am (compliments of insomnia). Today was a good day, though! It’s always a good day when I get to spend time with my kids!

I had to go to Starbucks to make myself focus and work on a class I am teaching this weekend. It’s the best place for me to study, so I asked Daniel if he wanted to come along. He said sure, lugging his big, bulky calculus book.

However, after a while he came to his senses that he was actually going to be taking a test that wouldn’t be having all that much calculus in it, so why study calculus? Good thing he brought along something else to amuse himself!

After that, I dropped him off at home and went to church for a flurry of meetings and setup for a video shoot. What was cool was that later the kids came back to do the video shoot. Megan is the director/camera person, so Daniel and I and another volunteer were helpers.

The other volunteer was a high school girl who was super-involved in Breakaway. I had great fun working with her all summer! She is also in Daniel and Megan’s small group that they just recently joined and was in their school (though they ran in different circles).

As we were setting up, Megan turned to me and said, “Mom, I was thinking that we should…”

Suddenly the girl said to Megan, “Wait a second. SHE’S your MOTHER????”

The kids and I had assumed all this time that she knew!

She said, “What?!! You mean all this time she’s your mother and I never even knew?” As we went on, she made comments like, “How could I not know? You even laugh the same!!!”

We all had a good chuckle and I guess in a church our size it’s pretty easy to not know the relationships between people. I know when I first started working, sometimes it was years before I found out people were married to each other or were related as a parent and child.

We went through the entire video shoot and at the end as I was sitting on the floor waiting for Megan, Daniel scooted up next to me and put his head on my shoulder. I gave him an affectionate pat.

Suddenly the girl said, “What a minute. HE’S your SON????”

I said, “You mean you didn’t know that Daniel and Megan are siblings?”

“Noooo!!!!!!!” Her mouth fell open and she looked dazed.

Poor thing. I think we totally gave her a mental workout today!

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