Monday, December 15, 2008

Memory Lane Mondays ~ "Please leave!"

Quite a few years ago, the husband of my mom's best friend Leola, passed away. Patti and I went to the funeral at the Douglas Street Chapel, and it was packed. We found a seat in front of our Aunt Ernestine, who we LOVE, and listen intently to the talks. intently as Patti and I are capable. We really tried this time out of respect to the deceased. One of the speakers had been our Bishop when we were kids and he was an "interesting fellow."

About 30 minutes into the funeral, the former Bishop got up to speak on "The Big Picture." He talked and talked and talked and talked and talked. We started glancing at each other, which was a HUGE mistake. He continued to talk, on and on. We were getting fidgety and bored and just wanted to go home! As you can imagine we started whispering to each other, and that started the uncontrollable laughing. Aunt Ernie was poking us in the back saying things like "You girls never change!"

After what seemed like an eternity, and I'm NOT kidding, our former Bishop pronounced, "And that brings us to "The Big Picture!!" What was he SAYING all that time?? What was the Big Picture?? So with that statement we looked at each other quizzically, and started laughing so hard we were gasping, choking, tears running down our cheeks, shoulders shaking, and we could NOT STOP!

Aunt Ernie leaned forward and asked us to please leave the funeral until we could compose ourselves! How embarrassing is THAT?? Have YOU ever been asked to leave a funeral for bad behavior, or for any reason? Oh, and we're adults, or at least we looked like adults!


  1. I can't say that I am surprised! :) Merry Christmas to you two sisters and your families!

  2. HaHa! Connie's comment was too funny! She knows you two too well. Bob, I'm so glad you chronicled that story. Although I've heard it many times, it was very funny reading it and we can save it for generations to come. And no, I have never gotten kicked out of a funeral. I usually contribute in a positive way to funerals by playing the organ. THAT is the legacy that I plan to pass on to my children, not what you and my mom pass on. For shame....

  3. Nope, never been kicked out of a funeral - but how about getting kicked out of the sealing room on your wedding day because your new husband and his brother are cracking jokes with their former bishop who was one of the witnesses?