Friday, December 27, 2013

Photo-Finish Friday: What is it about Preacher's Kids?

On Tuesday evening, we went to the beautiful Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at our church.

As  the choir sang one last number when everyone was filing out of the sanctuary, i looked down from my seat in the balcony to where Sweetie was sitting with the choir.  Out of the corner of my eye, i caught an odd movement.  The son of our Assistant Pastor had formed a couple of the programs into a really good paper airplane, and had let it loose from the first pew.

He landed it perfectly.

He managed, somehow, to have it arc around and land right in the Christmas tree next to the band.  That must have actually been his goal, based on the little celebratory dance he did from his pew.

Since i was in the balcony and saw the whole thing, i snagged the pictures, and then leaned over a bit, using my own program to reach over and dislodge it.  It fell back behind the Nativity set, and i retrieved it, and gave it to the Assistant Pastor with a grin.  He had a sheepish look on his face, as he had seen what his boy had done, and it was too funny.

Also amusing was another lady who had seen the paper plane out of the corner of her eye, and thought there was a bird in the Christmas tree!  She and her whole family laughed, too, when i explained what had happened and showed them the pictures.

Now, to send a copy to the Pastor, i think he will get a kick out of it.

Photo-Finish Friday is the brainchild of Leah at The Goat's Lunch Pail.

Today is:

Anniversary of Benazir Bhutto's Death -- Sindh, Pakistan

Calli (House) Day -- Aztec Calendar (a good day for all things hearth and home and family. a bad day to participate in public life; date approximate, but soon after the solstice)

Constitution Day -- Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea)

Festival of Nehebkau -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (Beginning of Eternity, celebrating the snake god and his role of binding the sun to the earth at the beginning of time; date approximate)

Kwanzaa, Day 2, Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)

Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day -- internet generated, with Christmas over, you need to do winter decorations

Modern Medicine Day -- birth anniversary of Louis Pasteur

National Fruitcake Day -- unless, of course, you are like me and have spent your last several days with fruitcake relatives, at which point you get a day off from fruitcakes! ;D

St. Fabiola's Day (Patron of difficult marriages, divorced people, victims of abuse, victims of adultery, widows)

St. John the Divine's Day (Patron of art dealers, authors, bookbinders, booksellers, burn victims, compositors, editors, engravers, friendships, lithographers, painters, papermakers, printers, publishers, tanners, theologians, typesetters, writers; Asia Minor; Boise, Idaho, Borgo Santo Sepolcro, Italy; Cleveland, OH; Eger, Hungary; Milwaukee, WI; Morra, Netherlands; Saint-Jean – Longueuil, Québec; Sansepoicro, Italy; Sundern, Germany; Taos, NM; Umbria, Italy; Wroclaw, Poland; against burns, poisoning)

St. Stephen's Day -- Eastern Orthodox, a public holiday in Romania

Third Day of Christmas

Unfairies' Gathering -- Fairy Calendar

Visit the Zoo Day -- don't know who put this one in the middle of winter, but there it is

Watch the Children Day -- internet generated, a day to take a page from the book of the young and remember how to play like a child

Birthdays Today:

Heather O'Rourke, 1975
Masi Oka, 1974
Bill Goldberg, 1966
Tovah Feldshuh, 1952
Gerard Depardieu, 1948
Cokie Roberts, 1943
John Amos, 1939
Oscar Levant, 1906
Marlene Dietrich, 1901
Sydney Greenstreet, 1879
Louis Pasteur, 1822
George Cayley, 1773
Johannes Kepler, 1571

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Knots Landing"(TV), 1979
"Howdy Doody"(TV), 1947 (first successful children's television show)
"Radio Roxyettes"(Now the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes), 1932

Today in History:

The Hagia Sofia of Constantinople is completed, 537
The Spanish Crown issues the Laws of Burgos, governing the conduct of settlers with regards to native Indians in the New World, 1512
The first public railroad using steam locomotive completed in England, 1825
Charles Darwin embarks on his journey aboard the HMS Beagle, 1831
Worst English avalanche kills 8 of 15 buried in Lewes Sussex, 1836
Ether is first used in childbirth in US, in Jefferson, Ga., 1845
The world's first cat show is held at the Crystal Palace, London, 1871
Carrie Nation's first public smashing of a bar, at the Carey Hotel, Wichita, Kansas, 1900
Unsuccessful attempt on prince-regent Hirohito of Japan, 1923
Stalin's faction wins All-Union Congress in USSR, Trotsky is expelled, 1927
Radio City Music Hall opened in New York City, 1932
The Shah of Persia declares Persia is now Iran, 1934
The World Bank was created with the signing of an agreement by 28 nations, 1945
Apollo 8 splashes down in the Pacific Ocean, ending the first orbital manned mission to the Moon, 1968
The People's Republic of China is granted permanent normal trade relations with the United States, 2001
Radiation from an explosion on the magnetar SGR 1806-20 reaches Earth. It is the brightest extrasolar event known to have been witnessed on the planet, 2004
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is assassinated, 2007
Toyota Motor Corporation agrees to pay $1 billion to settle over a dozen lawsuits related to sudden acceleration, 2012


  1. Heck...that ain't no regular airplane, that's a 747!

  2. For Preacher's kids the church is their second home...they have no qualms about being totally comfortable and entertaining themselves when bored.

  3. Love the paper airplane story.

    Thanks for the linkie.

  4. What Peruby said. That's a big plane indeed. Too cute. I'm glad you got to see this.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

  5. It doesn't matter if you are the Preacher's Kid or the offspring of one of the other staff members... You have probably been swimming in the baptristy, climbed the bell tower, know how to get in the attic, have rearranged the Sunday School rooms on numerous occasions, you know where the old men stash the peppermints that they put out every Sunday morning, and you find it amusing to swap around the "Golden Circle's chair cushions because you know that they sit in the SAME seat each week and that they have each brought their own cushion that conforms to their particular rear, etc... There is something about being "raised" in a church that makes you a bit different from the rest of the kids at church. It's your playground as well as your sanctuary. You respect it but you also enjoy it to the fullest. I loved the story and photo of the airplane! Di

  6. Oh definitely! I'm getting a huge kick out of it here! :). Thanks for this fun Friday morning post.

  7. I'm picturing this scene playing out in the next epic Christmas movie. Starring you, of course.

  8. That kid was a much better designer of paper airplanes than me.

  9. That is how legends are born in my book--what a great airplane design and toss! Older son here is still laughing…

    I bet your pastor will enjoy it.


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