I've been debating about telling a funny story about something that happened to me last week. The problem is that while I know most of the people that read this blog, I don't quite know all of them. And while its incredibly self-centered to say this, I am worried that this little vignette from the life of a single girl may be read by some of the people involved. (I just don't have Smash's courage!) So this version of the experience will be slightly un-detailed so as to protect some of the characters who may or may not have been innocent.
As I think most of my dear blog readers know I am in a family congregation at church. I used to be in a congregation (ward) just for singles for nearly 10 years. In the singles ward I was just any other person, and meeting new guys depended entirely on physical appearance and my own friendliness that day. But now in the family ward I pretty much haven't met a decent LDS guy in 8 months.
But then last Sunday a new guy was baptized and made a member of our church. Someone politely informed me that he is single and therefore I should make sure to invite him to some of the activities set up for singles. After all, I am the singles activities co-chair. So I made a mental note to find him after church and invite him to the activities.
The minute church was over a woman I have never seen before grabbed me by the elbow and insisted she introduce me to another woman. It was actually important that I meet this woman, so I let her steer me around the church house for several minutes till we found the woman in the parking lot. I met her, we chatted, etc. I then turned back to the church and said, "Thanks for reminding me, I am also supposed to meet Brother X today."
This stranger woman (who, just for the record, reminds me greatly of Mrs Bennett from the BBC Pride and Prejudice) lights up like a Christmas tree and says, "That's right! He's single!" And goes with me back into the church to find him. I was a little surprised at her helpfulness, but was glad for it because she recognized him before I did. But then she introduced us.
"Brother X, this is Erin- she's single!" And then she stood there beaming like she had just done a great thing.
I shifted horribly uncomfortably, smiled, and politely introduced myself further. Stranger Woman walked a few feet away, but continued to watch us from her safe distance. I talked to him for all of about 30 seconds when a car pulled up just a few feet away from us. (We were outside on the steps.) The driver, a man I know well, jumps out of his car, runs over to us and very breathlessly says, "Brother X, Erin, Erin, Brother X. You're both single!"
I try really hard not to blurt out something inappropriate like, "DUH!" And instead just smile again. Car man quickly grabs a nearby grandchild, puts it in the car, and takes off. Brother X is starting to look a little overwhelmed so I try to deflect the uncomfortable situation with a joke. "Well, if that wasn't embarrassing, I don't know what is!"
Well, Brother X didn't laugh, and instead just looked more embarrassed. So much for that one. So I quickly wrap up the conversation, introduce him to a nearby single guy, and said goodbye. I felt pretty bad for Brother X. Our congregation has over 600 people in it, and I'd guess a good 400 probably came up and shook his hand that day. Heaven only knows how many of them also told him I am single.
I don't mind their good intentions. In fact, I think its rather cute that people I don't know would want to introduce me to what appears to be a decent, smart, good looking, LDS guy. Its just their approach that bothers me. I seriously doubt any of those people know that they really embarrassed both of us with their well meaning remarks. I hope Brother X comes back tomorrow, only so I can smile at him from across the room, and not talk to him and make him feel uncomfortable. I'd hate for him to think I am some charity case that everyone is throwing in his path.
But hey, on the bright side, we may have finally got a decent single guy in my congregation! After 8 whole months, this great new "throw the singles into the family wards" thing actually had one thing go right. Well, assuming we didn't run him off already.
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