Saturday morning, I walked Larkspur into our parish activity hall to prepare for Confirmation with the rest of the candidates. When our youth minister, Leo, saw me he asked if I could help his assistant, Tatiana, get the kids in their robes. Glad to have a job to do, I headed into the classroom where the robes were hanging. I was handed a list of names, and I started calling kids in. I would ask the child their name, find them on the list, look for their size, grab the robe, and pull the zipper down a few inches. Next I would bunch it up from the bottom to the sleeves, and then help the child put his or her arms through and lift it over their heads and their clothes. About five kids in, I noticed that I was doing things a little differently than Tatiana. Once she found their names and sizes, she was just handing the kids their robes. Oh. It occurred to me that maybe Leo didn’t mean that he literally wanted me to help dress the kids. I realized that in that moment I was some sort of hybrid between Amelia Bedelia and a mom who has been helping kids get dressed for almost nineteen years. These kids were all around fourteen years old, and perhaps beyond needing quite so much assistance. Oh my goodness, I am laughing at myself right now. Just thinking about those teenage boys and me probably saying things like, “Lift up your arms!” Oh, man. Now I’m crying. Oh, Ginny. I did manage to rein my mothering instincts in and start handing the robes to the kids and letting them manage on their own. I had to help with a few zippers, but that was it.
Confirmation went smoothly and Larkspur had a great day. I took lots of photos and even had a couple of gifts ready for her. I often forget these important details! I bought her a kids’ devotional from Blessed is She that is really lovely and a (affiliate link) St. Kateri t-shirt as well.
We are in the midst of final rehearsals for Guys and Dolls, and Larkspur and Beatrix are getting ready for their upcoming children’s market. Beatrix asked me to teach her how to make goat’s milk soap, and she made a batch of lavender tea tree that she will sell at market. These May days are zooming by and I’m looking forward to a somewhat slower paced June.
p.s. Beatrix and her friend Istra dressed up to milk Greta the other day. I just thought I ought to explain that kids aren’t typically dressed in old-fashioned-ish clothing to milk the goat here. It does make for cute photos when they do, though!