Or maybe you heard the one regarding the web site devoted to the twin girls of President George and Laura Bush. You know, the one that is all about any choice they make that has a question mark about it.
Then again, is this any different than the attention Lisa Marie Presley received growing up, not to mention Julian and Sean Lennon, simply because their dads were innovators in music?
Why do these stories make the news? It's odd how having a famous parent can affect a kid, spouse, or total family image. Suddenly anything one person says is magnified through the lens of "celebrity."
The reason I mention this is because I have experienced a bit of this recently. I've heard on at least two occasions how well my kids have behaved in children's church and how responsive they were to the lessons. "That's great!" I quickly responded, thankful they were doing well. On both occasions it was then said, "When I found out they were yours (a.k.a. "pastor's kids"), it all made sense."
Call me a dreamer, but I have this hope that my boys and wife can be themselves in a church congregation. She's not expected to play the piano and lead the weekly woman's tea function, and my boys can feel the freedom to succeed and fail as individuals (and not because they're "Tony's son"). I want my wife to be able to say "ouch" when she is hurt, and my boys to be able to run around in a building where the church happens to meet without being told they should set a better example.
By the way... I want to do that, too. Run around in the room often called a sanctuary (which thankfully I can where I currently teach... and eat pumpkin pie on stage).
Alright... that was a tangent. Let's summarize.
- We all know that there is a stereotype for pastoral families to have it all together. After all, it's biblical, right?
- Because we know it's a stereotype, we try not to feed it.
- But honestly... even though you know both of these things, do you still expect (even on an unconscious level) a pastor and his family to be more-than-human?
The confessional is open...