You see, the church I grew up attending in Greenfield doesn't have attendance cards. They have a Mabel. It was a bit of a shock to me to find out that every church doesn't come with a Mabel: Someone who sits near the back and checks off the list of who is present. She also meets all the visitors, partly out of necessity to keep her list updated. And if the visitors are people who have returned after a long absence, Mabel already knows who they are (and was probably standing by the door to greet them when they came in). You know all those people (most of the U.S. by now, I should think) who "aren't good with names"? Mabel could teach a class on how to be good with names.
This is not Mabel; it's my grandmother. But the two of them are good friends, and Mabel is as close as anyone can be to being my grandmother without actually sharing any of her DNA with me. And I don't have any digital pics of Mabel, so I decided this picture was close enough.
Anyway, we are now at a church that expects that we will fill out an attendance card and turn it in every week. Weird-- but we're doing it anyway, because we like to get along with people from time to time.
And I guess it's nice to be counted.