Sunday morning walk of shame

Our church has a light-up notification sign in the corner of the sanctuary. When a child is having a hard time in the nursery, the nursery workers punch in the child’s number and the sign lights up so that the parents are notified to go to the nursery. The poor parent has to wiggle around people’s knees to get out to the aisle, then start the long walk of shame down the sanctuary and across the plaza to the nursery, as people stare and give amused and knowing smiles. I always feel slightly embarrassed as the numbers shine out brightly, bathing my hair and back in its red glow, indicating to all that my child is Unsoothable.

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