The endless tap-tap-tapping of pencil on table was about to send Cathy over the edge. "Kyle. Please. Put the pencil down. Now, who's found Luke 1:37?”
"Oooh, Mrs, Cathy! Me! Can I read?" Emma asked, waving her hand in the air.
“Yep, but wait til everyone’s found it, ok?” She rubbed her temple, trying to still the ache in her head.
Kyle blurted, “Nothing is impossible with God,” and started tap-tap-tapping again
Cathy sighed quietly, but smiled. “That’s right, Kyle, but I called on Emma. Maybe you can help John find the verse,” she said and snatched the pencil from his hand.
“I don’t need help,” John said, “cuz I know where it is.”
“Great! Let me know when you find it.” Cathy scanned the other kids crowded around the table. “Jacob, how ya coming?”
The tow-headed tyke raised his confused eyes from the table of contents in his Bible. “Ok. I’m ok.”
Maddie, growing impatient, flipped her curls over her shoulder and snorted. “Oh, come on. This one’s easy.”
“Maddie, how about if you go show Jacob how to find the book of Luke, and Kyle, would you go sharpen our pencils please?” Cathy grabbed the pencil box off the table and handed it to the boy. “We’re going to need them for our activity.”
“MRS. CATHY! I FOUND IT!” John jumped out of his chair and ran to tug on Cathy’s hand. “Come on, I’ll show you.”
Nothing will be impossible with you, God, including getting through this Sunday School lesson.
The names above have not been changed to protect the innocent children I love with all my heart.
I generally don't use any tags (he said, she said), but let an action "tag" the speaker. I purposely used one in my challenge entry this week.
When I'm reading, I don't see the tags, you are right about that. Sometimes I find myself skipping everything that isn't in quotes when it's an intense read.
I also worked hard on using your lessons to improve my dialog this week, and use it to add characterization and action - to let it show the story.
Thanks Jan! You are helping me so much!