Now in years past this would be a reason for full-boar panic. But after serving as a member of the Primary Presidency I have developed my own last-minute-talk system.
A) Do not leave the presidency hanging unless your family has been struck with a barfy flu or diarrhea.
B) Invite said child over for a chat. Remind him/her of the talk assignment. Ask what he wishes to use as a talk subject. Some guidance may be necessary here, for example I suggested DS-7 might want to talk about thanks since November is the month of Thanksgiving.
C) Get out a notebook and pen/pencil and ask him some pointed questions. In the case of the Thanksgiving talk I asked what he was thankful for and why.
Write it down, type it up, and let him read in for his talk.
Here is what DS-7 said:
"My talk today will be about giving thanks.
I am thankful for the earth because we live here. It has water and mountains and fresh air.
I am thankful for my new pet cat, Ginger, because she’s fun, she plays a lot and she makes me smile.
I am thankful for Mom, because she helps me and Dad because sometimes he takes me fishing with the uncles.
I am thankful for L----. I like to play split screen on the video games with him.
I am thankful for my teachers in school and Primary. I like to go to school and I like to learn new things.
I am thankful for books,
trees and my house.
I have so many things to be thankful for, I can’t even name them all.
I think giving thanks is important because it makes me remember how many things I have been given.
I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen."
I will admit to doing some editing. I dropped the part about how he was not thankful for his brother because he was “mean to me every day” and when he started listing everything he spotted at random “uhhh, the sleeping bag, ummm, paper,” I replaced it with the “I can’t even name them all line.”
The Primary leaders, who have sat through countless badly performed morality tale readings from the Church’s children magazine, find this kind of talk a welcome relief.
The child in question is proud of himself because the leaders offer him sincere complements for his work and the child learns how to write his own talk.
Best of all, I don’t have to thumb a stack of children’s magazines looking for a morality tale for my child to read badly in front of his peers.
Also good to know:
Hair pompadour! If you have baby fine, stick straight hair this is a great way to control the stuff. I was introduced to it several months ago by a hair stylist, or technician or whatever they call themselves now days.
After washing and drying my hair (with a hair dryer, standing on my head and back combing ~ a process us old folks remember as being ratting ) I put a little bit of the hair pompadour on my fingers and slick everything into place. I can make it flip under or up, mold it so the bang’s don’t fall in my face and fluff up the back. It’s great stuff. Try it!