I went to the “Very Important” Business Meeting at the church house last night. Very Important, because the Church has to figure out what to do now that the pastor of almost 18 years left. The Good Pastor had suggested they form a “Transition Team” upon his departure so stuff like sick people care, bereavement, and other stuff that happens to the church body would be taken care of. He suggested some people to be on that little committee, the deacons voted on it and approved it.
All this meeting, motioning and other crap that goes with “Official Church Bidness” should’ve taken 15 minutes tops. It didn’t.
There were a few of the 120 or so people who attended (and were all about 95 years old) who didn’t understand the wording on the piece of paper everybody got. I must confess, I didn’t understand it all either, but, I understood enough to know that these few were really more interested in bitching and griping about the fact that they weren’t one of the ones to decide who this “Transition Team” would be. The one old guy was all up in the air cause he’d never seen nothing like a “Transition Team” before and didn’t think it was necessary, furthermore, the Preacher is gone and why should he have the say so in who was on said Team.
This went on…and on…..and on….and ultimately there was a vote to either “bifurcate” or “not to bifurcate” on the matter. There were 67 of us opposed to The Big Bifurcate and 66 for it. I wanted to recommend a vote to tell Grandpa to sit down and shut up sos I could go home.
I love words. I love new, fancy words like “bifurcate.” I’m sure plenty of people know what that word means, but, until last night, I did not. I even looked it up on Webster’s online dictionary.
Main Entry: bi·fur·cate Pronunciation: ‘bI-(“)f&r-“kAt, bI-‘f&r-Function: verbInflected Form(s): -cat·ed; -cat·ingEtymology: Medieval Latin bifurcatus, past participle of bifurcare, from Latin bifurcus two-pronged, from bi- + furca forktransitive verb : to cause to divide into two branches or partsintransitive verb : to divide into two branches or parts
Now that I know it, I’m going to use it every chance I get and impress everyone I come in contact with.