There’s a space in every church, hidden away in corners and behind pews. It’s the place where tiny little Catholics get taken because they are too noisy or distracting. It’s a room of pure chaos, noise, snacks, and understanding looks. You may know it as The Cry Room, The Quieting Room, The Parents & Toddlers Room…
But, I know it as “My Own Personal Hell.”
I seriously hate the cry room with a burning passion. During this first year of my son’s life, my husband and I have had an ongoing discussion about what to do with our son during Mass. Because of my position as youth minister, we sit in the very front row of the church with the teens, directly in front of Father and the rest of the congregation. Not exactly a convenient location for “easy escapes” with an overly active child.
Initially, having him at Mass was no problem – he mostly slept. Then, he began getting mobile…and noisy. Trips to the back of the church or the cry room became more frequent. Now, at 14 months, one of us has to sit in the cry room with him because he can’t even make it through the processional hymn without trying to dive from our arms onto the floor. Read More