An Inappropriate Joke is Told in Sunday School


in the middle of a very good lesson
I cannot now recall.
I can’t recall the joke either,

only that it was inappropriate,
and that I felt blindsided,
unprepared to respond,
unsure it was my place,
being new in the class then
and not wanting to stick out,
plus the teacher was a sub, so
Stop being so sensitive, Marilyn,
was ringing in my head.

It wasn’t my plan
to miss Sunday School
the rest of summer.

It’s just that
for weeks after,
though the sub was gone
and the teacher was back,
I’d head in that direction after service,
and at the end of the hall
veer out the door
rather than go up the steps to the classroom.

And you know how it is,
one week follows another
and before you know it
it’s a summer.

I simply could not go back
and sit in the chair
where I’d given away my voice.

* * *

This is another in my Summer 2016 Challenge to myself to go with the thought that’s on my mind.

About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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4 Responses to An Inappropriate Joke is Told in Sunday School

  1. Belinda says:

    Thank you Marilyn. So much laundry of ny own on that line.


    • Marilyn says:

      That’s a great expression, Belinda.

      I must say that now, a year later, I know what I would say/do, if in the same situation. I take some consolation in it being a learning experience.


  2. Juliana says:

    Learning is good although it does at times come with a bit of discomfort.

    Have you returned to class this summer?

    And Belinda – I also love that expression!


    • Marilyn says:

      Yes, I returned to class at summer’s end. Like I said, I didn’t intend to stay away that long. It just turned out that way. It’s a good class.


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