A Sunday (13) in the Life of a Pastor/Mother: 3 Going on 16

“Sound of Music” is one of my favorite movies. I even went to Salzburg and did the “Sound of Music” tour. One of my favorite scenes is when Rolf and Liesl sang “I am 16 going on 17.” In a couple months, my baby girl will be turning 4. I asked her last night how old she will be on her birthday and she said 16. That explains why she has such an attitude! She’s a teenager!

Last week, my daughter came out of preschool Sunday school quite upset. The Sunday School teacher told me that she wanted to sit in a particular seat. The problem was that a boy was already sitting in the seat. When he refused to get out of the seat, my daughter stared him down. In fact, she stared him down the whole entire class time.

Today was a day when I truly felt like a pastor/mother. The mother of the boy came up to me today to share with me that her son was scared to go to Sunday School. He usually loves Sunday School, but her son said that my daughter doesn’t like him anymore. As a pastor, I felt bad that my daughter intimidated him so. As a mother, we both chuckled at the drama of 3 year olds. At that moment, the boy walked by and I witnessed my daughter point at him and say, “Hey, you are my friend.” And just like that, the fight was over. I imagine I will be seeing him in preschool Sunday School next time.

I imagine my daughter’s attitude is part her own personality mixed in with the “teenage” years and compounded by being a double PK. God be with us all as we enter the 4’s.

One thought on “A Sunday (13) in the Life of a Pastor/Mother: 3 Going on 16

  1. Love this. My almost-four-year-old daughter has a playmate at church who exists in some ethereal realm of friendship unattainable by any other child my daughter knows. Yet when those two are on the outs it’s a mess. For about 5 minutes. Then, before you know it, they’re hugging and dancing and exchanging clothes.

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