My son is almost five. I remember sitting in sacrament when he was two longing for the day he'd be big enough to sit still. Thinking in my naive mind it would be when he was three or four. No, not yet.
Because I have the son I do, usually he is in his own world. I have caught him in the isle directing traffic (his loud whistle noise always sends me in a panic), "hunting" by slithering through legs with his pretend guns, and today it was upside down day. All he wanted was to hang upside down off the bench with his feet high in the air. Jared had to work today and he's usually the one who stops his antics before they start. I always kid myself by thinking, he's being quiet, its okay. Then he's hanging upside down over the edge of the bench trying to trip some poor woman as she tries to leave with a crying baby. ......
Then somehow he sees that kids are saying their testimonies. He perks up, wants to go....wants to go... I finally tell him the only way he can is if he goes up all by himself, and tells it all by himself. I told him, I'm not going to come up and help you if you get nervous. (I know, rude, but I didn't want to get up) So he thinks about it. Decides he can do it. I ask what he will say. He has a plan, and it sounds like he won't be talking about batman, scooby doo or monster trucks so I let him go. I really really thought he would take three steps and come back too scared. Nope. He walks right up to the podium (we were in the back) stands up tall and says, "I want to tell my testimony. I know the church is true. I love my mom and I do what she tells me. I like to go to primary and my class. I like my teacher. Name of Jesus Christ Amen. "
I was so stunned. I even had little tears in my eyes. My sweet boy....He struts back so proud of himself and happy. I give him a hug and before I can tell him how wonderful he is the upside down game continues..... it was a sweet moment while it lasted, if only a moment.