Lisa Mladinich on the stage fright of teaching religion:
The afternoon I registered my daughter for her first-grade religion class, I had no intention of signing on as a teacher. I was too busy writing a novel and working as a freelance puppeteer. I simply made the mistake of volunteering to “help out,” since I’d be waiting around for her anyway, and got roped into teaching her class.
I walked out of the parish center with my heart in my throat.
Yeah, the old “you’re going to be here anyway, might as well help out” thing. I taught CCD for years on that one!