Friday, November 2, 2007

humbling



How could someone so cute be so naughty? Well, I know people who get a babysitter to go to a wedding or let's say a viewing/funeral and I often wish to see their children and wonder why not just bring them? I am a firm believer in training your children so they can be seen in public, to teach them how to behave. Well saying all of that, I completely understand the concept here. And being completely humbled last night made me think, Maybe we should have dropped the kids off at Grandma's on the way to the viewing we attended. Let me show you a little glimpse of what happened. We were going to show support and love to my cousin who was a live-in private nurse for a man and his wife (his wife had passed away several years ago) The man who my cousin was taking care of for the last 12 years, died this week and we were attending the viewing last night. We get to the funeral home and go to greet her. The kids did good, ohhhh for about the first 3 minutes. They did a great job with greeting Rosetta and hugging her, and then while we were talking...I hear this tapping. The 3 oldest children were tapping on the casket. Then when we told them to stop, Suzy (mind you-the one year old) started banging the handle of the casket. The flower arrangement on the top of the casket was swaying, and by this time I could feel many eyes watching. When I walked over to tell her to stop, she threw a little fit, and proceeded to bang the casket handle one last time. YOU. HAVE. GOT. TO. BE. KIDDING! So we rounded up the children, and tried to usher them back to the furthest room away, while still in the funeral home. I was hoping to find an empty closet, but no luck. Bless my husband for trying to contain them so I could visit. He is a saint, I tell you. SAINT! He didn't even comment as to how long I visited. He entertained them for a while, and then when they started hanging from the curtains and climbing the walls...He calmly came over and told me "we will be in the van." That's all. He even had a pleasant smile while leaving.

4 comments:

Lyndon said...

Oh dear..of all places! True, your husband is a gem. I am sure Rosetta was glad to see you.

Rosetta said...

To Heather,Donovan and all that read of her "humbling" experience. Please know that seeing them walking into the funeral home that evening meant more to me than worrying about what happened a few minutes later! They were the only people that came just for me that night and that was special! And then the next morning when I opened my blinds in the kitchen I had another surprise! Taped to the screens were construction paper signs with the words, "We love you, Rosetta" written on them and signed with all their names! Wonderful family they are! Thanks again for coming to see me and for the love and support since! I love you all!

Kevin said...

Heh heh heh. That reminds me of the time I showed my valentine (it was Valentine's day, okay?!) to a dead guy in a casket when I was three years old or so. My dad didn't think it was too funny at the time (and my ear still hurts)...but apparently everyone else in the room did since they all burst out laughing...and these were Amish folks.

Bobbie said...

Your children are CLOSE to being perfect!!!....I guess if they are gonna be naughty....they wanted to make the most of it!!! (: You and D have done such a great job raising them.....you are our hero's!!! Scott is always saying "the Gingerich kids wouldn't do that!!".....Yeah...really I hate it when he says that!!! (: But it is TRUE!!! LOL