With all of the hubbub of my surgery and with me being gone from church for several weeks, I never posted about Maddie starting Primary and becoming a Sunbeam (the class for 3-year-olds at church).
Before the beginning of the new year, the incoming Sunbeams had a few Sundays where they sat in the Primary room for Sharing Time and Singing Time to help them transition, come January. Maddie acted like she was going to fight this change tooth and nail, saying “no” repeatedly for just about everything and running back to see me every few minutes (I’m still 1st Counselor in the Primary Presidency). But after the second Sunday “practicing,” she sat in her chair of her own free will and started paying attention and singing the songs. She stopped running over to me and stopped refusing to sit with her class.
Even though I wasn’t there that first month and a half of her official start, I understand that she did great. Sure enough, when I returned to church after my 6 weeks of bed rest, I found that she willingly sat in her chair and continued to participate, even helping out the Sharing Time teacher whenever she had a turn. Overall, I would say it was a smooth transition. I credit her teacher, my dear friend Gina who Maddie adores.
However, that apparently did not mean that she wouldn’t have her moments of resistance because today she was assigned to give the opening prayer and she flat out refused to do it. Warren stepped up as pinch hitter and took her place for her. He’s had much more experience, of course.
It may be awhile before she’s ready. But she’ll get there, on her own terms. Just don’t even think of asking her to give a talk yet.