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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Funny things kids say...

Hello Bloggers! I hope you're doing well. I'm sorry that I haven't been up to date on posting, it's been a little bit rough lately, and I've been totally slacking, so for that I'm sorry.

There's tons going on here. I'm choosing not to post all of it, cause really, I still need to think it through, but basically in the last month, I've been told by a parent that I do not meet their expectations and I'm a disappointment. Surprise surprise. I've spoken with the pastor, who's informed that I'm doing a good job, but still, I fear that this will not die and start to turn nasty with the mother. I hope not. Please pray for me. At most, I figure, if I'm not pissing someone off, I'm probably not doing my job so well.

I named this blog something different though, cause I get so much humor from listening to the things the kids say to each other....

So this one teen is talking to the other teens about how he's not wearing tee shirts any more and how he's doing his own laundry now and how his mom is shocked by that. It was funny. Later on I asked him why he wasn't wearing tee shirts any more and said, "Em, cause I'm a man now".

I tried not to laugh, but it's been the highlight of my week.

Keep fighting the good fight.

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Anonymous mallys said...

You do not have to meet anyone's expectations except God's. He doesn't ask you for success, just faithfulness -- Mother Teresa said so! Take courage, take it to prayer and offer it up [that is turning the other cheek, isn't it?]

12:10 AM  
Blogger Maureen said...

Some time ago I was asked by a Catholic publisher to compile and edit a teen question and answer book written by teens themselves.

After a a series of events and lot of prayer I decided to turn it into a blog instead,

I believe this is something of great interest to those in Catholic youth ministry and hope that you can pass it along. No Question Left Behind is a place where teens can go and feel comfortable talking about heavy and not-so-heavy topics. It's a peer-to-peer platform where teens can trust that their fears, struggles, and questions will be heard and answered by those who struggle with the same issues.

I put together a team of teenagers and young 20-somethings to answer the questions of teens. The team worked to answer all inquiries in the framework of Catholic teaching. I already have 200 Q&A's ready to roll so you can count on this blog being around for the long term. And we're still collecting new questions at the blog. New posts will appear every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

More than anything, please keep the project in your prayers. Especially pray for the teens who will visit the blog looking for answers.

Thank you!

Blessings, Maureen Wittmann

9:56 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

I give you major props in that as with many parishes, there are going to be those who differ, for what ever reason. Remember they did the same with Christ and the apostles.
If your pastor says your doing a good job, take heart in that his comments hold weight.
What ever you do, don't get flustered and discouraged, and most of all keep doing God's work with our youth.

5:12 PM  

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