Many of us have sat through primary programs that have had participants who would never make it to poster child for illustrating reverence. Sometimes we laugh at the misfortunes; some roll their eyes and come up with all the answers for how to discipline. Some parents take it with a grain of salt. Some are mortified and embarrassed.
I don’t remember Jenna being so ill mannered in our last ward, but she was making faces during the program last year. This year she displayed her fidgety fingers as she bit her nails (while waiting in line at the pulpit) and fussed over her hair band and seemed to create a different hairstyle with each adjustment.
The hair band fell off her head as they stood up to perform one of the songs. She did sing, but frantically looked all around to see where it had gone. Jenna’s among the tallest girl – if not the tallest – which made it more obvious.
Still not as bad as my brother’s ward – which had a HUGE primary when Kimball and Ellen were four and six. I don’t know whose brilliant idea it was to put the six four year olds on table tops. Kimball was quite reverent, but the two next to him were kicking one another and pulling hair (as I recall) elbowing, fist fighting.
That was my view. Those three four year olds sitting on the same side as I was. Most everybody who was on my side saw those two four year olds fighting and missed most of the program. I actually think that was more irreverent than Jenna’s amazing hair-style-changing head band.
Four more years and Jenna will be in young women’s. Perhaps by then she will learn to keep still.