In my mini series of Embarrassing Moments in Leadership you've read the first 5 stories listed here, from candy throwing to China meltdowns.
Today I am going to combine the last two stories because they have the same theme; destroying the belongings of others.
Mothering two very active little boys kept me in a near constant state of fuss and worry. We had some emergency room trips, but not as many as most. No, my worry and fear was about their behavior in front of others. My guys were quick, noisy and often attracting attention to this shy mom who would rather not be noticed. I hated to make a scene or be considered a bad mom, so I kept them close, holding their hands at church, not allowing them to run with the other kids. But even a true "helicopter mom" loses track sometimes.
We were visiting our brand new senior pastor and his wife who intimidated me very much, when we heard a long ripping sound. I still cannot imagine how it happened so quickly. You know that teeny tiny edge of loose paper that sometimes shows up on wallpaper? Well, our observant son discovered the edge of loose wallpaper in our pastor's dining room and decided to repair the problem by pulling on it. Yah, thanks kiddo for making a great first impression.
Several months later while visiting the same couple, our little man dropped a beautiful sugar bowl and it smashed to smithereens on the tile floor. I quickly apologized and offered to replace it. Not happening. It was a discontinued pattern of heirloom china left to them after her mom's recent passing.
Our small men were left with a sitter for all visits thereafter.
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