Sunday, January 27, 2008
I had this brilliant plan two weeks ago to quit taking a 'kids activity bag' to church. With my youngest at 4 I figured that we could downsize a bit. No snacks, one activity book per child, blank paper, and colored pencils all fit nicely in my large purse. I tried it out last week, and found that it worked like a dream - except for the fact that I had left my cell phone in the bottom and it rang (Kristy) mid way through Sacrament Meeting.
Fast forward to this week - I brought my bag/purse again, deposited the kids on a row with my friend (still no Hub - thanks again, Chris) emptied the kids contents for them, then took my purse with me, to the stand.
I could have sworn that I turned the darn phone off, but....
I spoke, it went as well as any talk could go - I sat down -rest hymn - next speaker - AND my cell phone starts ringing (Heather) from within my purse which was under my chair.
I have the ring tone set to this really great blues riff, which is neither reverent, nor quiet - thusly quite inappropriate background music for the speaker. I didn't want to pull it out of my purse to turn it off, as that would draw more attention to the noise and it's source, so I shoved it further under my chair, hoping that no one would notice. The people in the front row seemed to pick up on something, but fortunately the sound seemed not to have traveled beyond their range of detection.
So, other than the bishop who was looking around in surprise (both counselors were out of town today), the two youth speakers who were covering their mouths trying not to laugh, the speaker who visibly tensed up for the 30 seconds of hopefully unidentified noise, the organist who kind of 'tsked' from behind, and the occupants of the entire front row, no one noticed.
Da-da-da-da-da. (Jazz riff)