What is it with boys and church clothes? First of all, yesterday was fast Sunday and we have the late church time this year so we came home starving and the missionaries were coming to dinner so I hopped right in the kitchen to get dinner started. I had made dessert before church, and jell-o, and cooked the chicken so all I had to do was shred it and assemble the enchiladas and make the corn bread and salad. J and S both helped so it went pretty fast. In the meantime Beloved and the littles were outside playing and when the missionaries arrived they also played while dinner was cooking. Everyone came inside neat as a pin...except for one. A small, almost 7 year old boy who had grass stains on his pants, a tie that was smooshed to the side and one slide into home base away from lost, and dirt everywhere.
Every Sunday the first thing I say when we pull in to the driveway is "Brother~ go change your clothes". That is usually not enough of a reminder for him to actually do it but it's the start. I don't know if I said that yesterday or not but he should know. And more importantly Beloved should know , and in fact does know, and said to me when they came in "I wondered why you let him play in his church clothes." Who was with him? and who was in the kitchen making dinner??
Secondly, he doesn't have many church clothes. One outfit. This is because he never wears it except to church. The girls all have several- many dresses and they wear them from time to time during the week and want to wear them often. He NEVER says 'can I wear my church clothes to school?' never. He has one pair of socks and one pair of shiny black shoes~ both of which he hates and sheds the moment he comes inside. Which brings me to another wonder? I wonder how it is that I find one sock behind the red chair, and one shoe under the computer desk and another shoe in the living room and the other sock missing? Doesn't he take them off at the same time, presumably sitting in one place? If I found one of the four wouldn't you think the other three would be close by? You would be wrong if you thought that but it does make sense. One tie, a vest, a striped blue shirt and a short sleeved white shirt.
There is nothing cuter than a little boy all spruced up for church. Ever since he was a baby we have had special outfits just for church. I remember his first one...sooooooooooooo cute. Sister Becktel made it for him. It was a little one piece shorts and white shirt with a vest and bow tie. I loved it on him . We have always gone the tie and shirt route, not all little boys do some just wear a nice shirt and not play clothes but I like the whole "little missionary" look. This is hard to find in stores. Easter and Christmas brings out the dressy clothes and we have to get them then. Luckily he hasn't been growing too fast so it's worked out. Last week we noticed his pants were turning into boy capri's and so he needed a new pair. Which is what he wore yesterday, the day of the huge grass stain.
This morning I gathered his clothes, carefully wadded up in the corner of his room where he "hung them up", and got out the spray and wash and sent them to the washing machine. Hopefully by Sunday I'll have found the missing sock and we'll be all set to go.
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