Yup... I know, I was totally shocked, too.
Lately, every calling I get just completely catches me off guard.
Today, though, beat all. I was trying to be open & receptive, but when he said "primary chorister", I admit that I was speechless.
I got home & made Jason guess. He guessed it on his fourth try (my mom & sister did, too). Why? I say. Why did you guess primary chorister? Because you look like a primary chorister, he says. Hmmmm - what does a primary chorister look like? McKinley says "good!"
So - I guess that's it. I look good. Maybe as in goodie-2-shoes? Dang, I knew I should've had Trish add some serious red to my hair color.
I guess the other question is - why am I so worried about this?
Maybe because I see this calling as the ultimate under-appreciated person. SO much work! SO much energy! SO much patience! And I'M in charge of the primary programs in sacrament meeting? I'm already pretty nervous about that.
I guess I wouldn't be making such a big deal about it either, if there weren't like 500 primary kids in our ward. I mean, seriously! HOW am I going to learn their names? HOW am I going to teach them with so many kids in the room. d-e-e-p b-r-e-a-t-h....
I guess I need to learn to have more trust. I've never had something that has already made me feel so completely overwhelmed. I mean nursery coordinator is one thing, but it's like going from Babe Ruth baseball to at least the minor leagues.
Good thing is that my mom is currently the Primary Chorister (THAT'S why I got called! I remember laughing/feeling sorry for her when she told us).
I need to pray for forgiveness, humility, and a love for each and every one of those children. I need to pray that some way, somehow, I will be able to help them feel the love of their Savior through song.
And I need serious help with my leading skills... although McKinley demonstrated for me how it is to be done, I may still need a bit of practice :)
All you people in my ward that sustained me, thank you (I think?). I don't know how I'm going to fill Ruthann's shoes (Ruthann - you KNOW I will be contacting you!!), but I will sure try my best!
(...However, if your child comes home from church on Sunday and tells you that the chorister was shaking/crying/giggling/banging her head against the wall, we MAY want to re-consider that sustainment ;)