On Epiphany Sunday, 2012…
My husband & I took Benson for his first worship service — his first real test navigating large crowds (& crowds of kids!) and judging his temperament in active groups. We will have another year or so of training before he is ready to test for licensing & interact fully with the public & enjoy full visitation ability.
We observed the anniversary of Nelda’s birthday & burial, complete with communion and fellowship coffee. (Enjoying banana browned-butter cake, yummmmm!]
I think Nelda would have been proud of her ‘granddogson.’ (I know she would have had as much love for him as she had for her ‘granddogters!’)
Benson had to remain seated or laying down during service (approx 1hr) stay calm during the congregation’s singing… i.e. not join along!!
He had to this while following along with most other activity of worship: lessons, sermon, etc… We took a couple short breaks like during the peace, but handled communion—complete with a special visit from Fr. Tim!!!
Benson really enjoyed laying on the floor & peeking under the pews at the kids in front! He did great, not a peep the whole service & followed every whispered command! Later, Benson maneuvered the ‘fans’ in the kitchen. [He’s working it already… hmmm…] Although he was nervous sometimes when the children descended, he stayed calm & hid behind me and acted ‘cute.’ In fact, he handled the tight space & fellowship during coffee hour very well… before heading home & crashing for the rest of the day. (YES!!!!!!)
Pretty soon we’ll be ready for limited contact visits around town for more realistic training, which should be cool! =-)