So our church had a Christmas dinner this past Sunday night, along with the Fair Oaks* people. And it was really fun! A lot more fun than it would be even if we had a youth group! :) And considering the fact that if the youth group consisted of all the kids 13-19, there would be only five of us...there's really no point. And I'm glad we don't have one anyway, because I don't like youth groups real well.
Anyway, a lot of the kids (of all ages) sat at one table, and I was right at the end of where the girls were sitting because no one else wanted to sit next to the boys. All four of them. :D I'm the oldest of all the kids, so I have no problem with sitting next to the boys who are all younger than me anyway, except for one guy from Fair Oaks, and he reminds me of my cousin John.
After everyone ate there was a program which consisted of the kids reading scripture passages and everyone singing hymns. I wasn't aware until Sunday morning that I was reading something...I didn't know there was going to be a program at all, let alone that people were just going to be assigned to read! I managed to get through it all right, better because everyone had to read, and we just had to stand up where we were, not get up in front of everybody. I don't know if I've ever mentioned this, but I'm really, really shy about speaking in front of people...I've gotten over the rest of my shyness, but I still can't do that!
So while we waited for our table's turn to go get food, and then while we were eating, the discussion was random and varied!
On seeing my knitting that I was trying to get done that night while we were waiting, the guy across from me asked if I was "Actually knitting?" and biting back laughter and the impulse to say that I was virtually knitting, I told him that yes, I was. To which he responded that he'd never actually seen someone knitting, he'd only seen people knit in movies. "Ah," I said.
After that the discussion turned to how does knitting work, and I tried to explain, unsuccessfully, at which point my friend next to me changed the subject and asked how a shirt like the one he was wearing would be made. I explained that it was woven not knitted.
"But where's the fabric made?"
"In a big factory somewhere!"
"And how do they get the different colors?" So I explained how on the plaid shirt he was wearing, the threads are different colors, and then they're woven in a pattern, but some fabrics are plain and then the pattern is printed on one side.
"How do you make a shirt? Do you start at the bottom, or the top, or what?" I started to try to explain, but they obviously weren't getting it, so I gave up.
"If you were making a sweater, would you start that at the top or bottom?" I told them that you can start at either end for a sweater, it just depends on the pattern, and that totally confused them! :p
"So you could basically knit a t-shirt?" my friend asks. Basically, although it would be a lot thicker than a standard t-shirt, I say. "So someone had to actually sew this shirt together?" *makes vague sewing motions*
"Yes, somewhere in China probably, someone sewed your shirt together!"
Then later there was a discussion about school, and the evils that are Geometry and Algebra 2, and someone says, "Then they combine the two for chemistry!" And I said something about not having to do Chemistry.
"Where are you planning on going to college?!" my friend asks.
"Oh. I was going to say you couldn't get into college without Chemistry! What are you planning on doing?" he asks, just as I put a huge bite of dessert in my mouth. I motion to him that he's going to have to wait till I've finished chewing.
"She's going to be one of those people who gets paid to taste things, some sort of taste-tester!" says the guy across from me. I glare at him as I try to not laugh with my mouth full, and then answer the question.
"I'm thinking of some sort of home-business, but I'm not sure what yet."
"What are you planning on doing?" I ask rather defensively.
"I have no idea!!" he replies. Hmm indeed!
There were various other subjects we discussed I think, but I can't remember them all now! Oh, and I had to explain to my friend and his older brother what the lines from "Winter wonderland" meant:
In the meadow we can build a snowman,
Then pretend that he is Parson Brown.
He'll say: Are you married?
We'll say: No man,
But you can do the job
When you're in town.
Which I thought was fairly self-explanatory, and why I stared at them blankly before realizing that they were serious and I'd have to try to explain it! Maybe it's more obvious to girls?? Does anyone else not know what it's talking about? Although there seems to be a whole Wikipedia article about the song: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_Wonderland
Anyway, that was our Christmas dinner. Mom told me later, "We had some interesting discussions at our table, what about you?" I told her I'd had a lot of fun!!! :D
*I may have explained this before, but for anyone who doesn't know, our tiny little church doesn't have a building, so we meet in a hotel meeting room in the morning and in a little church near us that has so few members that they don't have an evening service.