then we have a God with one seriously *awesome* sense of humor.
The atriums I have the privilege to be the catechist of tend to bring out the weirdness in all of us:
(some of the following samples are not necessarily "weird" as much as "what typical non-atrium child even has the opportunity to THINK of this stuff?" and/or are definitely out of the usual for the particular child at hand)
|adapting a presentation: the people have turned their backs on God|
they go to Reconciliation and come back to the Eucharist
|replacing the History of the Gifts - with FOOD|
|The Bible is SO our favorite book ever!|
|chilling with the Bible|
|spending hours, VOLUNTARILY, copying Scripture|
|squeezing level 3 legs under a level 2 table - OWWW!!!|
(but they refuse to adjust their positions)
|1st chance these L3 girls get = mad dash for the miniature altar|
|caught in action! Setting up the gestures work|
|still torturing themselves with the too-low table|
|what is SO funny about the Origin of the Liturgy of the Word !?|
|begging for a photo op|
they were trying to hide their joy ;)
|yeah, we carry flames|
|yelling at the camera - and dancing by the baptism shelf|
|do NOT take photo-taking too seriously ;)|
because seriously, that would be SO boring!
|atrium is NOT complete without the CHICKEN DANCE!|
because we can
they have 5 photos of variations on this pose
so they could get JUST the right one.
|Our God IS indeed an awesome God|
but really - how many times do we need to SING it ;)
(in another atrium group, it is "All God's Critters"
|Internalizing the Atrium:|
if you can't walk on the line yet, eating is definitely the next best thing
|nap on the large prayer table|
(he's not really napping - but he wants us to believe he is)
us adults use these a LOT in the atrium
|so what prompted the "Huh" look?|
the merchant knew how to use his head ;)
|he is SO capable of smiling|
he was smiling before the photo
he was smiling after the photo
he even gave me permission to take his photo
But do NOT smile! ;)
(I heard these are actually centipedes?)
|we're never sure what she's doing...|
...at any moment
|the butterfly sprouted more wings!!!|
|panting for the Life of Christ|
|just because she can|
|L3 children taking off with the catechist's camera...|
and taking VERY cool photos!
|roly-polies in the atrium!|
|Ta-DAH! Our beautiful prayer table!|
|singing silent opera on the line|
(because the line is silent)
So with all this FANTASTIC personality, how could I possibly even bat an eye at, much less question, the fact that the BOYS (just the boys - not the girls) walk around the atrium with our Bread from "The Story of a Bread" - silently and seriously processing around the room with it held in two hands like it is Jesus Himself being taken for the Sacrifice. When asked, no matter the actual question asked, the only answer they will give while the Bread is in their hands is a very quiet, "It's a chicken nugget."
|what they typically do:|
and walk around
They call it a chicken nugget.
Yes, I'll be adding some wheat grain parts - gluing and polyurethaning.
But really. A chicken nugget. I'm not just batting an eye - I'm batting them both - multiple times.
A chicken nugget.
And they're SERIOUS.
Well, maybe not just SO serious:
|on display for this post|
Catechist: What is it boys?
Boys: It's BREAD!
Catechist: Good answer!