This led to two quick reactions. First, anyone who had been half asleep while the gospel was being read was now wide awake. Second, the indignation of this little three year old to the ear lopping turned into muffled giggles that grew louder and louder. Jack and I were between a rock and a hard place. We too were awaken from our gospel reading stupor and we too had a bad case of the giggles. When mass was finally over I whispered to Jack that at least she is listening and paying attention in church.
This also reminds me of another time Jeanine was listening hard to what was going on around her. We had gone in to the Children's Museum in D.C. one Sunday when they were putting on a little show for the kids that included both a protagonist and the antagonist. I don't remember the name of the play or the characters but I do remember that Jeanine who was just two at the time was listening to the bad guy talk and she wouldn't have any of it. She kept yelling at the top of her voice: "You bad, bad man! Bad man. Bad man." Jack moved to the back of the room but Jeanine continued the good verbal fight with the bad guy. So much so that Jack soon had to remove Jeanine from the performance. Jennifer and I stayed to watch the ending but all I can remember now is that Jeanine was giving it to that bad guy. The moral of this story: don't mess with Jeanine.