Sunday, February 22, 2009

False Alarm

After church today, I had to stay for our monthly YW planning meeting. Matt and I had decided instead of taking two cars to church, he would just wait around with the kids until I finished. Off I went to my meeting leaving Mattie and Reddin with Matt. We got done with the training portion of our meeting and split up into class presidencies to do our planning. There I was planning with my Beehives, and all of a sudden I hear a loud noise along with a automated voice telling us to exit the building. I tell the girls to gather their stuff and we head outside. As I am walking out the side door I am trying to think if there are any other young children at church still besides my daughter, and I say out load, "Oh please tell me that was not my child that pulled the alarm." I go back into the church and cross over to the other foyer to find Matt and the kids. I say the same thing to him, and he indeed confirms my fear. It was Mattie who pulled the alarm! I ask her why, and she goes and hides under the pew in the chapel. I pull her out and tell her we need to go outside. When we get outside, everyone knows that it is Mo who pulled the alarm. Most are happy to have gotten out of their meetings early, but poor Mattie is so embarrassed. I take her back inside to Matt, who is trying to assist the Bishop in resetting the alarm. The firemen come, and I apologize to a very nice fireman. He tells us that it happens all of the time and that its ok. I have Mattie on my lap and I am trying to explain what it was that she pulled and why we don't pull it. And when the fireman speaks to her, she loses it and starts crying hysterically. She starts begging to go outside to the car and leave. Matt takes her out and I can see her jumping up and down not wanting to go back into the church. I leave Reddin with someone and go outside to tell Matt that I will take her to the car and sit with her. She clings to me and is crying so hard. I almost start crying with her, because I feel how sorry and embarrassed she is! How does a 3 year old understand these emotions so much?! We talk in the car while we wait for Matt and Reddin to come outside. She loses it again when the fire truck drives by us to leave. Finally Matt comes to the car and we leave too! Of course Mattie didn't know what the fire alarm was when she pulled it, but you better believe she does now!

11 comments:

shay said...

That picture doesn't look like a little girl who would pull the fire alarm so church could get out early! haha..I know you were already done. That's pretty funny--I'm sure Matthew was chuckling under his breath.

Marsh Family said...

How did that little kid know to pull the thing. Can she read already...overacheiver!?! Perhaps some kid thought it would be funny to tell her to do it. Kids these days, lol!

MotherBeck said...

That is so sad. Poor thing. At least she wasn't laughing about it or acting like she totally knew what she was doing. Why do they make those things so low anyway? Sheesh!

Elizabeth said...

My poor little MoMo!

kseal said...

Beautiful pic! And I love the story. My 4-yr-old nephew pulled the fire alarm at my wedding reception once upon a time. They should make those things a little more confusing for a munchkin to maneuver. ;-) Love it.

Maria said...

Poor Maddie. In the future, she is probably going to think this is pretty funny. Ok, so we are in Grenada until December. Is there any way that you can come visit this year? It would be great. Maddie would love it! And I can finally meet your kids. Let me know.

Faith said...

Poor MoMo! I love the picture for this story! It couldn't be more perfect! I don't know if you guys have laughed about this yet, but I was cracking up!! Well, other than the fact that my heart completely went out to Mattie too for her embarrassment. :( Too bad more kids weren't around to learn the lesson from her, I'm sure it won't be the last time this year! LOL

America said...

I got such a kick out of hearing that! Felt bad for poor Momo of course, but it was pretty funny. She'll laugh about it later too I'm sure!

Krissy said...

Kevin told me about this. Poor Mattie! It is pretty funny, though... :)

katierasmussen said...

Oh poor mattie. Little didi she know that pulling a little red handle would cause such kaos. Watch she'll grow up to marry a fireman:)

Shelly J. said...

You have SUCH a beautiful daughter!