Hooray! A day off! Working for Lutherans, I get Good Friday off. The best religious holiday is one that I don't have to celebrate. Yippee! Did you know yesterday was a religious holiday too? Yes, it was Maundy Thursday. Who knew? Here is a conversation I had at the end of the day yesterday:
Co-worker: I've got to run. My parents drove to town and are waiting for me at my house.
Me: Are they up for the whole weekend?
Me: Do you have any thing fun planned? Shopping? Dining?
Co-worker: Well, we're going to church for the Easter weekend, starting tonight.
Me: Why on earth would you go to church tonight?
Co-worker: Maundy Thursday.
Me: Oh. Yeah. Sorry, I'm a poor excuse for a Lutheran. You know, even worse than a Christmas-Easter Lutheran. I'm a wedding-funeral Lutheran. (ha ha ha)
Me: So what exciting stuff happens on Maundy Thursday?
Co-worker: Well, they've started washing of feet at my church.
Me: Gross. Do parishioners wash each other's feet?
Co-worker: No, the pastor does it.
Me: What a crappy job.
Co-worker: (silence- as I have forgotten that his father is a retired Lutheran minister)
Me: I wonder if anyone ever comes in with, you know, nasty feet, or intentionally gets them good and funky just so the pastor has a really humbling experience, since that is kind of the purpose of it.
Co-worker: Yeah. Now that I think about it, that is a crappy job. (Laughs) Would you mind shaving off that callous while you're down there, pastor?
Thank god he had a sense of humor. Sometimes, I just don't know when to shut up though. I'm such a heel.