Sunday evening we hosted some 5th-6th graders for a pool and pizza party, and twenty-three kids attended. It was a great event and we had a really good time.
Here are some of their questions that I found amusing:
- “Has anyone ever died in your pool?”
- “Does your house have anything to drink?”
- “What should I do with my money while I swim?”
- “Can you hold my towel so it doesn’t get dirty?”
- “Can I have more than one brownie?”
And there were others.
They were sweet kids and I knew most of them but not all so was glad to get better connected. Our church calls them the CROSSOVER KIDS because they are too old for Children’s Ministry and too young for Youth Ministry, they are in the process of crossing over from preteens to teens. Each month they have a fellowship event and last night was the first of the new school year.
At the beginning I was in the pool and holding my own, but then the kids got in. I did okay with the first ten or twelve, but by the time fifteen or more got in they just sort of beached me like a big sad whale.
- 5th and 6th grade boys live somewhere between wanton destructiveness and shyly asking for a second brownie.
- They used the pool “noodles” for sword fighting and for whacking each other and found all manner of other unimagined uses.
- At no time did the genders interact. The boys populated the deep end while the girls frolicked in the shallow end.
- As a rule, the girls manifested a more mature behavior than the boys.
- They boys were showing off for each other, and for the girls, while the girls pretended not to notice. I think they were doing a little showing off too.
After swimming for 90 minutes and devouring nine large pizzas and a big tray of brownies their parents arrived to pick them up. Before leaving they each came and thanked us for having them to our home.
They were well mannered and delightful kids. I’m proud to be their Preacher.
I think we will have them over next year!