Cookie, as a baby, you rarely cried in church. Instead, you’d do… other things. At just under a year old, you had the comedic timing and the premeditation to wait until the entire church was silent before ripping off a monstrous fart, followed by a loud giggle.
Cookie: I FARTED! IT’S STINKY!
Another loud giggle. I tried to shush you, but I gagged on the smell. A demon brew of rotten eggs, limburger, feet, durian, and sulfur left to marinate in a sweaty gym bag would have smelled better. My eyes were watering, but I was kept focused on that moment by your loud voice echoing in the stunned silence.
Cookie: STINKY! MY FART’S STINKY!
By this time, I was halfway down the aisle with you, but your farts didn’t stop, and the more you farted, the harder you giggled. Where most new parents carry a crying baby to the cry room, I carried a gassy, giggling baby, trailing a cloud of toxic fumes in our wake, with the entire nave echoing from your thunderous farts and louder giggles. The only good news was that instead of annoyed faces, I walked out to the suppressed grins from the other parents and the scattered laughter of the other kids.
The other babies and parents in the cry room were not quite as pleased.