|(the pictures have nothing do with the post. happy Easter!)|
I've been teaching the kids at church once a month for awhile now. Last Sunday, I was giving a lesson about the good characteristics of Jesus that are worth emulating, like being a peacemaker, meek, and pure in heart, etc. I wrote his good qualities on slips of paper and put them into plastic Easter eggs. I planned to do a modified Easter egg hunt with the 30 kids in the class (age range from 7-10). One person would hide the egg and another person would look for it.
Here's where I went wrong: I told all the kids to shout hot or cold depending where the egg seeker was in the room. Hot meant close to the egg, cold meant far. As I attempted to do this activity, I quickly lost control. Kids were shouting the wrong thing, people forgot where the egg was, the seeker looked confused, and a few of the kids weren't into it. I decided to scratch the hot or cold game and just pick a kid to open an egg. Then, we would discuss the characteristic with the group. I picked Ella. Despite all my efforts, the kids were rowdy as hell by this point.
As Ella opened the egg, the slip of paper inside said (like a fortune cookie): Show Mercy: Have love, compassion, and forgiveness towards your neighbor. Even with kids talking and goofing off, I still tried to read it over them. As I was reading, a kid in the front threw a plastic Easter egg at my foot. I was going to lose it. I laughed at the peace of paper I was holding. Show mercy? Ha! I walked out in the middle of the lesson saying to the other teachers, "I quit! That's it! Go to singing time or something." I found a person in charge and told them I feel bad for quitting because I wouldn't wish that job on anyone. It's awful in there! I then hid in a bathroom stall until church was over because I was too embarrassed to show my face.
I can't wait to see where all this quitting is going to take me! Right now I just see a lot of debt and soul searching in my future. But also a ton of happiness.
|there's nothing better then turning pristine things into a beautiful mess.|
For more Easter decorating ideas check out my old ones: