Lifestyles of the Young and Liturgically Impressionable

A brief account of my favorite moment from the just-completed Triduum. (Well, OK. Fine. My second-favorite moment. Right after the Paschal Vigil’s tintinnabulous Gloria, which is always my favorite moment. Because I’m a lousy Lent person.)

During Good Friday’s General Intercessions, our cantor intoned “Let us kneel!” beautifully, as is his wont. And then, after an appropriate period of silence, equally beautifully, “Let us stand!” Around the third intercession or so, David the Fourth Son, who is alternately standing-and-kneeling next to me as instructed, rolls his eyes dramatically and says (in his best stage whisper):

Can you just make up your mind already???

Ah, kids. Never a dull moment with ‘em. (Also, David’s “Best Stage Whisper” is really heavy on the “Best” and really, really light on the “Whisper.” So…yeah. Loud. My ears may have been red and/or burning.)

Attribution(s): “Winking David” is my photo. I can’t remember the scenario that brought it about, but the underlying mischief is one I know well.

About Joseph Susanka

Joseph has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. A grateful resident of Wyoming, he spends his free time exploring the beautiful Wind River Mountains, keeping track of his (currently) seven sons, being amazed by his (currently) lone daughter, and thanking his lucky stars for Netflix.

  • Ann

    Thank you for sharing this! Glad I’m not the only one with a kid who frequently makes my ears turn red at Mass! Great kid, but like you, we’re working on “liturgical formation”.

    • Joseph Susanka

      It was the exasperated-ness of his reaction that was most hilarious, Ann. (And by “most hilarious,” I mean “particularly embarrassing.”)

  • GeekLady

    It’s something about the name David. This year we decided to just save all our liturgical stamina for the Vigil until the boys are bigger.
    He was entranced by the Vigil, until about 3/4 of the way through the Exsultet, which is a record for immaculate behavior inside a church since he stopped sleeping through Mass.

    • Joseph Susanka

      Our David was strangely alert during the Exsultet this year, as well, GeekLady. Maybe because he got to play with fire…

      I think he might even have lasted through the readings. And the Gloria. But he was prone by the homily, if I remember correctly. …along with all his younger siblings. Except Nathan, the youngest, who REFUSED to go to sleep.

      • GeekLady

        Our David lasted until the 5th reading, then was prone until the confirmations started when he climbed in my lap and made me hold him the rest of the Mass. That was two readings longer than last year, but hey, he’s only 5. Raphael, as long as he’s in possession of an acceptable human host, can sleep through anything.

        • Joseph Susanka

          Managing the same number of readings as one’s age seems perfectly reasonable, GeekLady.