Last Sunday this toddler sitting in front of me in church started frantically shouting, ‘Ba!’ in the middle of the preacher’s sermon – and a great sermon it was too. He became so loud that the preacher himself stopped in the middle of his message and made a light-hearted comment about his outbursts. So audible he was throughout the entire congregation that a younger baby sitting with her mum all the way in the front started echoing him. ‘Ba! Ba!’ she cried.
From my position directly behind the parents of the little boy (we’ll call him David), I could see that they were nigh on panic mode. His mother tried to close his lips together with her fingers and when after the fifth try or so she was unsuccessful, she dumped David into his father’s lap who promptly held his hand over the infant’s mouth. Struggling to deliver himself from his father’s iron grasp, the toddler’s barely audible Ba! Ba! were heard escaping in tones of grunts and groans.
As a congregation full of people of all ages, we’ve always maintained that little kids are our future (teach them well and let them lead the way, show them all the beauty they possess inside...) sorry I couldn’t help singing that. Anyway, our congregation has always embraced kids and babies and their noises. We take care of each other’s kids, and toddlers are known to stroll around and sit with various adults during the service. This is why I was actually a little surprised that David’s parents reacted with such embarrassment in the first place. That was until his four-year old sister shouted, ‘Ma, David’s saying bum. David’s saying bum in church, Mummy.’
If you’ve read part one of ‘Kids Can Be Funny, Can’t They?’ you’ll know that my own son shouted worse out in public.
Yeah, I’m still laughing about Sunday.