Many years ago Terry and I were first time parents and couldn’t wait until our daughter could get into Christmas and participate in the Easter Pageants at church. Courtney spoke early so we thought nothing of her participating in the Easter Pageant. It was only two lines, but with her gift of gab we thought it would be no problem.
“Okay Courtney. Just repeat after Mommy.”
“I just came to say. Have a happy Easter day!”
“I just came to say. Have a happy Easter day!” in her always excited 3 year old soon to be 4 voice.
“Yeah Courtney!” she learned it so quickly I thought my GOD she’s a genius!
When Terry heard the speech he was so impressed on how quickly she learned it he began to call all the family long-distance, Grandfather, Aunt Winnie, Mom, anybody who would listen. She said it perfectly every time. We got so excited that his Mother and I went and got Courtney the perfect Easter outfit, with all the accessories (hat, gloves, matching trench coat, and brand new Sunday white shoes with the frilly socks). We were ready to do this….so we thought.
We got to the church and Terry carefully set up the video camera. After all we needed to record this historic moment for all the family. Since Courtney was the youngest saying a speech they wanted her to go first. Cool…no problem. She knows this down pat. After all she’s said it for everyone a hundred times.
We walked up to the front. “Go head Courtney.”
Nothing. She was dressed to the nines. Hat, coat and gloves…I’m not going to tell you how much we spent for this special occasion. Courtney was making her debut. You know she talked early and she’s a genius. I prodded and prompted her for minutes on my knees pleading for her to say the speech. She started squirming and tugging on her clothes. She wouldn’t say a damn word. Terry was so upset at this point he didn’t even get the meltdown on tape.
We sat through the rest of the program embarrassed and disappointed that we had made such a big deal. We got to the car in the church parking lot. Without missing a beat, “I just came to say. Have a happy Easter day!”
Terry heard that little 3 year old say the speech perfectly and went ballistic.
“Don’t you ever say that damn Easter speech ever again!”
Okay so there were some other choice words in there, but you get my drift. It’s funny now. Not so much then. It’s one of my favorite Courtney stories.
Everybody and their Momma will be at church Easter Sunday although you haven’t seen them all year. Get ready to see folks you haven’t seen in years along with the colorful suits, not just for men, but the women too. Why do we make Easter so ratchet? Enough said on that subject. Let’s get back to the real reason we celebrate Easter.
I thank GOD for sacrificing HIS Son so that I could have the gift of eternal life. There’s nothing that would make me sacrifice my daughter. Although Easter was a fiasco; fast-forward to high school senior year. Courtney was entered into a speech competition for the Future Leaders of America. She was told that it had to be impromptu. It was the wrong information. Turned out they wanted a prepared speech and within a certain time limit. She took 15 minutes and quickly scribbled notes and did the speech off the cuff. Although she was at a disadvantage she came in 3rd place in the state-wide competition.
I know my story probably brought back your own memories of Easter and church pageants that never go as planned. Maybe next time I’ll tell you about my first Easter with high heels. The best part is I fell flat on my face. Yes me, the same one that has taught runway to thousands of students.
Isn’t funny how GOD blesses you. The very thing you thought you failed at will be your strength.