Let me begin by saying that Will's behavior in church has always been a bit suspect but we have managed to move to the "acceptable for a three year old" range until last Sunday! Yesterday was much better but last Sunday was perhaps his worst ever... who knows what prompted the wild toddler act perhaps it was the fact that Halloween was the night before. That could have been the issue! For whatever reason Will was AWFUL in church.
Whenever Will is not behaving appropropriately in church Joe will take him out into the vestibule. Usually they sit out there and have a discussion about why they left and what Will needs to do in order to return to the pew with me. In this case not only did they go out to the vestibule they also went for a walk into the old school building. Will continued to misbehave as they walked past the old cafeteria. Inside the cafeteria a group of people were setting up for the K of C breakfast that is held after the 9:30am mass. Joe sat Will down on one of the benches in between the cafeteria doors and the restroom. All of a sudden there was a loud "CRASH, BANG!" from the cafeteria. Will stopped for a minute, looked at Joe and asked, " What that sound was Daddy?" (He actually does talk a bit like Yoda sometimes.) Without missing a beat, or so he thought, Joe responded with, "That is probably Jesus coming to see why you are not behaving in church!" Will waited just a minute and then said in a matter of fact manner, " That not Jesus, Daddy. Jesus not walk. He on cross."
As Joe relayed this story to me after mass I asked him what his response was. He said, " I didn't have any. At that point I thought it best just to move on." So it goes... sometimes you just have to move on.