yesterday we went to a "mandatory fun"/"clergy picnic" thing. as the DS was saying he understood that the next 30 minutes or so would be boring for the kids and they might want to run around and that would be okay with him. (he is a nice guy and a grandfather). then it dawned on him that it might be boring for the spouses as well.
that's all he needed to say and Joel popped up and ran out of the room. it was very funny, cute, and embarrassing. Joel and Ainsley ran out into the hallway leaving Val and Merk sitting at the table with me dumbfounded. after 5 minutes or so i urged them to go and play outside with their dad.
he had a good time with the other clergy spouses, and apparently they appreciated his setting the precedent to leave early. i'm not sure what the DS thought about it. but he is a good guy so i can't imagine he was upset by it. i was more embarrassed because this was our introduction to the district we're now in.