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July 26th 2004, 11:19 AM
My son will be gone until Thursday :joy: with his youth group from church. I've been volunteering with the catechism kids during the school year (and I've gone as an adult volunteer on the Winter Retreat- the last weekend in January when we go to camp-twice) but I couldn't get off work to go for almost a whole week.
So he's with non-family members, without parental supervision until Thursday, hopefully helping paint and clean and build for those less fortunate than himself.
All I can say is please pray for the adult leaders. They will need it. I also pray for him that they don't have any duct tape.
July 26th 2004, 07:34 PM
hehehehe, duct tape....
July 26th 2004, 09:18 PM
hehehehe, duct tape....
There's a story behind that. About 4 years ago when he was nine, all of about maybe 80#, he decided to taunt the guys at the body shop where my husband works. They got tired of his sass and basically duct-taped him to a core support (the front frame of a Chevy truck- the big piece that holds the radiator in.) I was furious when I had to get a box cutter and cut him free, but in some ways I understand their point. He was being obnoxious and loud and his mouth was writing checks his butt couldn't cash.
July 26th 2004, 10:01 PM
Sounds like a boy. Ya. I have one of those. Duct tape. Thoughts forming. Yes. That will do nicely. Thanks for the tip Elysian.
July 27th 2004, 07:03 AM
July 27th 2004, 11:42 AM
OK. I brought up the subject of using duct tape this morning and I was vetoed by all family members. :hmph: I was so hopeful.
July 27th 2004, 11:51 AM
Really, my kid is not normal. :lol: He has an IQ in the high 130's, the vocabulary of a 25 year old, and special talents for both the art of debate and for working with mechanical things and electronics. He is a good kid for the most part- but a good kid who understands how to use his intellect and talents to get his own way. He enjoys serving by getting dirty- helping to fix things, move things, etc. Often he volunteers to help the church custodian on Sundays- making sure things are in place, that the proper equipment is where it belongs, making coffee and setting up the tray with the cups and cream and sugar, etc. (No, coffee is not a Lutheran sacrament, but it's close :lol: )
It's hard for him for instance to pay attention in Catechism, or to do his sermon notes (because he hates to write- if you ask him questions he usually has good commentary on the sermon.) When he does ask questions (and thankfully our Pastors and youth ministers have plenty of experience with cheeky kids) they are questions like "if Solomon had hundreds of wives why can't I?" or requests like "show me where in the Bible it says you can't say the F-word." I liked Pastor's explanation that it isn't appropriate for kids to swear for two reasons, one because it dishonors your parents, and two because praising and cursing shouldn't come out of the same mouth (James 3:9-12.) My son does have a mouth on him too, which thankfully he is learning to temper. It's hard to draw the line with language when his dad swears like a trucker and I know my mother can be rather, shall we say, salty, at times. :lol: He's gotten into that "ten feet tall and bulletproof" stage, though. This is bad especially because he had the mouth and the penchant for sarcasm all along. I got him a t-shirt that says "Sarcasm: Just One More Service We Offer."
I figure those surrounding him are entitled to fair warning. :lol:
July 27th 2004, 02:54 PM
Sounds like a handful but well worth the challenge El. I do like the duct tape though.
July 27th 2004, 04:03 PM
:egad: at 9 he sounds just like my 9 year old son. (note to self, go get a role of duct tape).
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