There is this woman that sings in church. She has a nice voice, and she usually sings at a particular mass. She and her husband even help with the liturgies. My older kids think she is annoying, and sometimes, her unnatural perkiness seems to be a little forced, and I will admit, at times she even annoys me, but I'm sure she is a good person and means well, and enjoys doing what she does. God bless her even, but I'm sorry, each time I have the opportunity to actually speak with her, I always get a real negative feeling.
Years ago, I went with my older son to a catechism class, and I was sitting at her table. We had just moved from our hometown and we were still new to the area, and the church. My son was still in fact going to school in our old town, and I would drop him off before I went to work. So, coming to this class was another "new" thing for my son to adjust to, and no, he wasn't a particularly happy 16 year old. So here we were sitting at the table with the "annoying lady", and there she was with her happy, perfect toothed smile looking at us.
"Hi, I'm Dina, what's your name?"
We politely introduced ourselves to her and her son. She quickly asked what school my son Andrew attended, and so I went to explain that he was still going to school in Santa Cruz. Dina (not her real name) immediately looked at us with what looked very much like a grin of distaste, like she just bit into a lemon, and explained,
"Oh, that weird town with the hippies.."
I smiled back, and nodded my head. I wanted to secretly kick her. Sorry God, for I have sinned. I was thinking evil thoughts about the lady that sings at your church. My son Andrew looked at me immediately with eyes that said, "I want to leave now!" Luckily our introductions were over, and we weren't forced to make any more chit chat for the rest of the evening. At future classes, we purposely sat away from the church lady.
Well, Dina and her darling husband naturally have a lot of kids, and of course her youngest child is in my son's class at school. And, unfortunately for me, she attends all of the class field trips--naturally. Well, I was able to avoid her from the first field trip, but "lucky" me had to sit with her on the school bus for a few minutes.
Now, I did try and be positive. After she sat down next to me, I was hoping for a positive experience. Of course she didn't recognize me.
"Hi I'm Dina! What's your name?"
I politely introduced myself to her. She asked who my son was, and I pointed to Nicholas who was sitting directly behind us on the bus. She looked at him, and said that she remembered him from preschool and kindergarten classes, which was complete nonsense because I had him start in school in San Jose in the 2nd grade. I explained to her that he was in Santa Cruz during that time... and before I could fully explain, there it was! That look of utter disdain!
"Oooh... Santa Cruz?!"
Damn I wanted to kick her in the teeth. Forgive me God! What in the hell is wrong about being from Santa Cruz for God's sake?!
Well, luckily for me, Dina had to move out of my seat to make room for the other class, and I sat with my son. Thank you God.
Sorry, Dina. You've insulted my hometown twice in a span of 5 years. You may sing like an angel, but I still don't like you very much.
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