Sunday, March 22, 2009

When Innocence Makes You Feel Like A Loser

After Sunday School I had a chat with one of our little youth girls. Before I tell you our conversation, watch this clip from The Office. If you can't watch it all, speed up to 1:15.


We were talking about how she volunteers at a local library. (The local library to be precise. It's not like I'm in a metropolis here.)

Me: "Oh, that's my dream job! I would love to work at a library!"

7th Grader: So that's what you're going to college for?

Me: "Well, no. I've already been through college actually."

7th Grader: Oh, so what did you go for?

Me: "I got a degree in Educational Ministries."

7th Grader: So... what's that?

Me: "Well, I could um, I could well... I could like write Bible studies or lesson plans for people to do Bible study."

7th Grader: So you went to college to be a Sunday School teacher?

Me: "Um, well, no it's a little more involved than that. I mean, I would get paid to like, you know write... Bible... stuff."

7th Grader: Oh well, I'm pretty sure the people who teach Sunday School here get paid.

Me: "Ahhh... not quite sure about that. I don't think I would want to be a Sunday School teacher anyways."

7th Grader: But you've been to college. What do you, like, do?

Me: "Uhh... I don't really do, anythi-- so you say you're in Beta Club, huh?"

All I've been able to think about today is her saying: "What do you, like, DO?"

I feel like Michael did at the end of this video. I was literally thinking in my head, "Subject change! I need a subject change!" And it's not that this girl didn't understand the point of my degree. I just literally don't "do" anything.

I guess in this day and age that's weird. Maybe I'm a waste, who knows?

But I know I'm not paying $30,000 worth of loans to be a Sunday School teacher! (Call it pride, but that's the part that hurt the most!)

3 comments:

Charity said...

Hahaha, your conversations amaze me...I never have great stories from awkward things that kids say. And really, there's no good way to describe Ed. Min...I'm still trying to figure out what it's for.

Ed said...

So Sunday School Teachers at Buck Grove get paid? How do I get that gig?

You "do" lots of important things, not necessarily related to your degree. You're a youth ministers wife, you're an awesome aunt, you're a good friend. So what if none of those things pay particularly well.

Laura said...

http://www.lifeway.com/lwc/mainpage/0,1701,M%253D200944,00.html

This link takes you to the Lifeway page that tells you how to become a curriculum writer for Lifeway. Maybe it's a place to start...