Vacation Bible School
(Companion story to "Jesus Bus")
by Janice Daugharty
Copyright 2010 Janice Daugharty
"Janice Daugharty is a born writer." Joyce Carol Oates
Dot Knight is about to backslide, and here she's been saved for less than a year.
"Help me, Jesus. Help me, Jesus." She has been praying the same prayer since summer started, and so far it hasn't took.
First, it was the summer reading program at the new Echols County Public Library, where she is a member in good standing on the library board. Her goal had been to get rid of all those nasty books (she did advise keeping the historical romances because those writers know how to write about sex in such a way that half the time even Dot, who is 55 and been married over half her life, doesn't know what is going on). And now, vacation bible school at her little country church, in the northwest section of the county. For both programs it has been Dot's cross to bear to have to pick up the Odums children, on the southernmost city limits of the little town of Statenville, in her new 1996 white Bonneville with the pale blue plush interior. How she got into it this time was, her preacher had heard about her success with getting children involved in the reading program (really just crafts)and asked her to pick up the same children for bible school.
Of course, she couldn't very well tell Brother Rauls that she'd as soon go to hell as have those little devils in her new car again, and she could just imagine how this sort of thing could go on and on: some other organization, say, the Scouts, for instance, might hear of her success with getting the Odums to the library and the church and she could be bussing them all over creation in her new car which they've about wrecked and she might kill them and wind up in hell for real.