Thursday, June 24, 2010

MY President

I once laughed at someone who said she could run into Brad Pitt and hardly flinch; but bring a General Authority into the room and she would be tongue-tied and star-struck.

I laughed, but I'm exactly the same! The list of GA's and LDS Church Who's Who's I've seen while working at Church headquarters is lengthy, but something cool happened yesterday.

My Young Women President walked past my desk and said hello to me yesterday. This is the woman who was the YW general president when I was a young woman. I thought she was all that and a bag of chips. Once, in my 20's, I got to go to BYU Women's Conference. I didn't care what other classes I went to, I had to go to hers, because I loved her.

And yesterday Sister Kapp came to have a meeting with the people in PEF (Perpetual Education Fund), who "live" a few feet from me. As she walked by my desk she said hello to me. And I smiled and returned the greeting in a calm, professional, detached manner.

On the outside.

On the inside I was yelling, "Sister Kapp! Sister Kapp! It's me, Aundrea! Remember me? I was one of your young women who you never met. But you told me you loved me, and I believed you! And you told me God love me, and I believed you! Thank you, thank you for taking care of the teenage me!"

Part of me is grateful that somehow I can come up with a cool version of me. But today the bigger part of me is wishing that the inner me had taken over and hugged this gracious lady. It probably would have scared her to death, but I would feel better about it today. :)


Amy said...

She'd have been lucky to get a hug from you.

Jessica and Tim said...

I really think you should have let it all out. I'm pretty sure the COB could use some excitement. Plus, I also think she would have loved it. Cheers for behaving, though. SM would have been proud.

DottieLou said...

I think she would have loved it