Parker looks forward all week to Sundays. It's the day we don't run errands or play with friends or go to the park or anything like that. So it's funny to me that a kid, who's not yet four, would love our Sunday's so much. He's not really good with days of the week yet, but he knows Sunday is after Saturday. Every night he asks what day it's going to be when he wakes up. So when we tell him Saturday, he gets excited because "the next day is Sunday and we get to go to church." A few weeks ago he woke up Saturday night with the stomach flu and among all the throwing up, he asked if he could still go to church. And was sad all week about missing it.
To say Parker loves Sunbeams would be a major understatement. Sunbeams is the class he attends with the rest of the 3-4 year olds. When his teacher in our last ward heard we were moving, her exact comment was, "Not Parker, he's the best one." And her own grand daughter was one of the kids in the class. She said he is so reverent and eager to learn. He pays attention and is respectful. He follows directions well. When we drop him off to class, the first thing he would say to her each week was, "What is our lesson about today?" The teacher in the new ward said something similar when I went to pick him up from Sunbeams yesterday. She asked if I was his mom and went on to compliment him on so many things. Parker loves learning and the Gospel is no exception. I love that about him.
Yesterday afternoon he sat down to the piano and after a few versus of I am a Child of God, started making up his own church song. I can't remember it word for word, but it went something like this: Church day is my favorite day. Oh how I love to go to church on Sunday...and on and on and on along those same lines. I made a video of it, but Parker has an issue lately with not wanting to wear clothes. I didn't want to post a video of my cute kiddo in his undies...there are some sickos on the Internet.
With a kid like that, you'd think we were fanatic church people (and you all know the kind of church people I'm talking about). But I think we're just regular people who love the Gospel. We make efforts to teach the kids the Gospel at home. They get a little mixed up sometimes. Yesterday in sacrament meeting, Parker got excited because he heard the speaker mention President Packer and he recognized the name. I asked him who President Packer was and his answer was the President of the 12 Ohio States. Well, we're trying. He was close. He also got excited when President Monson and President Uchtdorf were mentioned. And when someone quoted Mosiah 2:17 , his comment was, "King Benjamin said that." Right on Park!
Ok, so maybe we are church fanatics. I think Parker's a little smarty-pants. He retains just about everything he's taught. Although I love to brag about my kids, I mainly just wanted to write this down for my own memories...so when Parker is a obstinate teen, I can remember that he once looked forward to Sundays.