Today was stake conference at church. It seemed like half of Austin was there. The chapel, overflow area, gym, and stage were full. There was even a video camera transmitting to little TVs in the Relief Society and multipurpose rooms, which were also full.
We were in the multipurpose room, along with lots of other people with noisy kids. Lucas was having a hard day and refused to sit still. Finally I took him out and we went in a classroom and watched Elmo's World. Yes, I brought a DVD player to church and I don't regret it, so there. After about 30 minutes we headed back to try to sit by Ben. This time Lucas did a little better, but soon got antsy.
The final speaker was Elder Packer (Boyd K. Packer's son). He was nearing the end of a great talk when Lucas decided he would rather escape from the classroom than listen. So, I ran after him... straight into the gym. I figured surely he would be afraid of all the people and turn around.
Nope. Instead he headed right down a row of people. I followed (in my 4.5" heels) hoping he would stop soon, or that someone would see the panic in my eyes and stop him for me. Then he turned towards the chapel once he got to the center aisle. Again, I thought, "he won't go far. There are too many people in his way." But, no, he got to the last row of the people in the chapel, where I thought he would be trapped, zigzagged and made his way right into the chapel, where he resumed traveling at full speed. He made it all the way up to the very first row, turned left and was right in front of Elder Packer. Luckily he didn't go on to the stage (his favorite place to play) and luckily the video camera was in his way in the front row. As he tried to make his way around it, someone stopped him for me and I carried him out.
Sadly, we didn't make it on camera for Ben to see, but everyone else in the whole church got to see. I made it out of the chapel before I started to laugh/lecture Lucas. After that, I took him to the multipurpose room where we gathered our belongings and our dad and we headed to the car (only after Ben had to chase Lucas so he wouldn't run into the street, of course).
I talked to Lucas for several minutes about how he can't run away from me. I don't think he got anything out of it, but he did tell me he wouldn't run away anymore. I don't believe him.
He's been sweet ever since we got home.