Monday, January 25, 2010

It seems I'm the one with the problem...

Last night, I was one of the adult leaders at a church group for middle school students. I've learned that I really have to be on my game with that group. Seventh and eighth graders are the type that will find a loophole in any instruction and will come up with the craziest things to say.

But I may have over-prepared myself last night. It began when the kids were supposed to label body parts with things those parts could be used for to help others. As one group wrote, "Give a hand to people who need one," I jumped in with, "Your answers need to be serious." They just looked at me because-- duh-- they didn't mean saw off a hand to give to someone who doesn't have one (like I was thinking). They meant give someone a hand, as in, help them out. Oops.

Then, as a different group of kids were trying to come up with something for the nose, I suggested they think about things they smell in church. Trying to get them to think of incense, I said, "Think about things you might smell during the holidays."

That's when one girl piped up with, "Semen." I just stared at her, not having a clue how to handle that one and wondering if she had meant something a lot more innocent (but, seriously, semen?) Before I could say anything, another girl jumped in and said, "Candles." And that's when I realized the first girl had actually said, "Cinnamon." Which, you know, is a perfectly acceptable answer to my question. Oops.


Gucci Mama said...

I want to leave a really witty comment right now, but I can't stop laughing. You rock. That's all I can come up with. ;)

Soda and Candy said...


Aren't you glad you didn't respond to Cinnamon Girl? Bye-bye youth-group leadership!

sj said...

oh my god, what is WRONG WITH YOU that you think semen sounds like cinnamon?

you alarm me sometimes.

FunnyGal KAT said...

In my defense, SJ, it was really loud in the room. And I think the girl might have slurred the word a little (at least, that's what I'm sticking with...)

Do I get any credit at all for only looking at her quizzically and not calling her out for the comment?

M said...

Hearing is the first thing that goes with aging!
You are too funny!

Andy said...

KAT, are you now accusing the teenage girl of being drunk when she said semen/cinnamon?

Did you have semen on the brain at church?

No matter what, this isn't looking good for you. Not looking good at all.

Little Ms Blogger said...

Okay, that was funny. Getting Semen from Cinnamon.