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"Church " 

 

Date Range: 03/03/1968 To 12/31/2008   Comments: 13   Views: 12,379
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"Church" to me equals pantyhose, long, boring speeches, getting up early, and schmoozing with strangers - all things I loathe.

The word also conjures up memories of Easter lilies, butter cookies, my Grandma, red velvet, beautiful old buildings, mysterious headstones, and brunch downtown at the Fairmont - all things that I adore.

I was reared United Methodist and was christened at my Grandma's church - Omaha United Methodist, a small church in a dying east Texas town.  Mom says the minister dipped a rose in the font of holy water and touched it to my head.  I've always liked that - it seems very Sleeping Beauty-esque to me.

My cousin Missy and I spent many Sundays in the 1970s on the red velvet pews of OMC passing the bulletin back and forth, using those stubby little pencils to play connect-the-dots.  We'd get bored with that and start to fidgit, and Mom would give me The Look: chin tucked to her chest, looking sideways through her lashes as she almost imperceptibly shook her head "no."  Then she'd slip us something from her purse to shut us up. A stick of gum, a fountain pen (Mom always had honest-to-goodness fountain pens,) something fresh to write on.  Sometimes I'd accept the item with relief, grateful for a new distraction, and sometimes I'd take it and think, "Surely you've got something more entertaining in that bag of yours.  I'm dyin' here!"

TBC.



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Member Since
Apr 2008
Chuck Stallong said:
posted on Jul 10, 2008
hey

edit this so it goes on top...... :)


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Aug 2007
Antje Wilsch said:
posted on Jul 13, 2008
hi

Hi Betsy- sooo good to see your writing! Looks like this was in a short time capsule so posted a few days behind. We're going to change this so they post on top. If you edit the story and re-save it (even just add a space or something) it'll post back on top of the list :) Because we *need* to have a discussion about "The Look." Mothers master this. LOL


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Jul 2008
Greta Schäfer said:
posted on Jul 17, 2008
Good imagery

I can see the pews and church and restless little girls :)


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Apr 2008
Chuck Stallong said:
posted on Sep 03, 2008
more

MOAHR


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Aug 2007
Susan Janneck said:
posted on Dec 26, 2008
Enjoyed

Puts me right back to when I was younger. Being Catholic,  mass on Sundays was always a long drawn out high mass lasting about an hour and being entirely in Latin except for the sermon. Boy if that didn't make for fidgeting. Kneeling for lengthy periods of time is easily remembered too. If my knees hurt as a youngster, how must have the older people's knees felt (old in those days to a young child being 25 years and on up).


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Ana Bishka said:
posted on Dec 26, 2008
oh what fun

Betsy you are a terrific writer with your sense of humour (just read all your stories). THey are light with laughter and but most of all - TRUE! they made me laugh! :)


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Aug 2007
Victoria Backer said:
posted on Feb 22, 2009
The look

I know that look on Mom's face at church so well - it was like she said "b.e.h.a.v.e" with the tilt of her chin and dart of her eyes.


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Jul 2008
Greta Schäfer said:
posted on Apr 14, 2009
you're a good writer

love reading your work. Very humorous.


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Aug 2007
Susan Trachtentberg said:
posted on Jun 09, 2009
!BETSY

YOU MUST WRITE MORE AS I"M DYING OF LAUGHTER WITH YOUR STORIES!!


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Aug 2007
Gina Pertonelli said:
posted on Jul 06, 2009
miss your stories

They were soooooo good.


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Aug 2007
Archibald Sharron said:
posted on Jul 06, 2009
I second Miss Gina

Your stories, Miss Betsy - your humor is missed in your writing. Hope to see you back soon.


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Jeff Gossamer said:
posted on Aug 31, 2009
hilarious

Absolutely hilarious. Your writing is great.


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Gina Pertonelli said:
posted on Jan 13, 2010
Betsy

Are you coming back woman? Want more LOLing :)