This morning I was looking through a journal of mine and read this story. I had totally forgotten about it, so was so delighted I had the good sense to write it down! It made me chuckle, so I wanted to share it with you.
From: The Journals of Marie Allred Burdette
The Date: November 15, 2006
The Family: Ben, 3 year old K.J., and a Very Pregnant Marie
"A funny story: on fast Sunday this month two brothers came to collect the Fast Offering -- one a priest and one a teacher. I had just put on K.J.’s diaper and he was laying on the floor, I’d let my hair dry in a very crazy fashion and of course the house was in shambles, because that’s how it goes. Ben was in the shower, but I invited them in and went and got the check book. As I was leaning over the counter writing a check and trying desperately to think of something to say -- they are pretty shy young men -- and K.J. is in the exact same position on the floor, staring at them curiously and dressed in only a diaper . . . A sound comes floating down the hall. It is Ben in the shower, singing “It’s a Small World After All.” Now, when Ben sings in the shower, it is with wild abandon, so this was a pretty rousing version of Small World. The boys look up in shock and I just bend over the counter laughing. I was like “Sorry, boys that’s just my husband singing in the shower.” There was a momentary break and I continue giggling as I fill out the tithing slip when -- like thunder on a clear day -- Ben and his best opera voice fill the room with a much louder, much more electrifying version of “Small World.” He of course, had no idea they were there. I was practically convulsing. I don’t think those poor Jones boys knew quite what to do -- as I finally led them to the door, trying to talk louder then the singing I say “Do you boys want some Halloween candy?” the younger boys mouth literally dropped open. And then I realized -- it was FAST Sunday. All I could do was try to extract my foot from out of my mouth. “I’m so sorry guys! I almost led you into temptation! Please come back any time and I’ll give you that Halloween candy!” and then I shut the door, leaving the Burdette whirlwind in their wake. I’m sure it was a very memorable experience. The good news is, the next day the older boy and one of his friends came to the door after school -- after Halloween candy. The whole thing just tickles my funny bone. I’m sure that was one of the most memorable fast offering collections they have ever been on."