If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you. -- Oscar Wilde
I'm always joking about Catholics being like lemmings and sitting in exactly the same place every week.
It isn't just Catholics that act like that. I've seen Pentecostals who are normally a pretty relaxed bunch get maybe a bit too attached to sitting in their favorite seat.
Funny, but very true. The exact same thing happened to me a couple weeks ago. They were polite, but said., "I guess we will sit someplace else and get here earlier next time". The people behind us agreeded! At least they did not ask me and my children to move.
The fact that they spoke to you at all and made it clear it was their seat was, in my opinion, VERY impolite, whether or not they actually asked you to move.I've also noticed that theoretically devout Catholics on pilgrimage can turn very unchristian when claiming the best seats on the tour bus.It's pathetic and a great shame.And yeah, also kinda funny. :)
ha ha ha. So true. My DH caused quite the scandal by sitting us one pew ahead of our regular pew. The occupant of that space was so upset and told him she had sat there for 25 years until "today". :-)
hahaha! Great stuff -strangely familiar!
It's true for Methodists as well. We are all creatures of habit.
Try going back to your childhood parish, and see if *that pew* doesn't call to you. I hadn't been there in 10 years and I made a direct beeline.
Don't forget parking spaces.
Next time just think of it this way. This is a very strong psychological behavior. It is almost like claiming a homestead, but instead they're claiming their personal space . In their subconscious mind, it's sort of a conversation with oneself, last time we sat here, we were safe, we enjoyed, ourself , or whatever they're doing their needs we're being met. It's a sad comparison to make, but even the homeless do it. This behavior unfortunately carries over into everything certain people do. So it's just not type A personalities, they can be know as mr. Yellow Mellow but when it comes to personal space Nd where they choose to be comfortBle, dob't mess with it! LI always thought a great fundraiser for any denomination church would be to auction off a pew.( or at least one side of a pew?) maybe they think it's too blasphemic to auction of a piece of the church inside so they auction off A parking space instead! Don't even get me started on that one!All aside, if we were true Christians. No matter what denomination, shouldn't we just be happy that people are showing up to church at all- albeit even in your pew? Come on, you can't even make it through a whole Sunday to even be called a Sunday Christian! Kinda sad!
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