Do you ever laugh at some kind of cultural joke because you kind of get it? You don't completely understand it, but you can see why it's funny because you've grown up in the basic environment that it happens in, even though you're not specifically a part of it? Then, one day, you actually become a part of the thing that people have been cracking jokes about since the day you were born, and, almost instantaneously, you come to a full understanding of it and a full understanding of why it's so easy to make fun of. And you also come to a full understanding that the movie made about it that you have been laughing at for six years was in no way an exaggeration. After my first 3 hr block of the BYU 70th ward, in the BYU 13th stake, I have come to this full understanding.
As I high-heeled my way into church this afternoon, I felt my fantastic pageboy dress and smart brown wedges melt away, along with my appendages, and all other kinds of human characteristics, as I transitioned into my role as a side of ham, laying, docile and frosty, in the display case of the deli at the local Albertsons's. Male customers were circling me, peering at me, and tapping their fingers on the handles of their grocery carts, as they surveyed me and the other assorted meats and fishes laying in the display case alongside. They thought about what they'd like to have for dinner tonight, maybe that nice juicy roast beef next weekend, that sophisticated cocktail shrimp platter for a party they're having on Thursday, or some practical, lean hamburger to freeze for the family reunion barbecue in October. I was visually probed, prodded, poked, thumped, smelt, and inspected in every way to see if I was a sound fit for their upcoming occasion--this occasion, of course, being that of eternal marriage.
Apparently, last fall, the BYU 70th ward was about 70% male and 30% female. This year, they wanted to even it out by adding a gaggle of girls from my apartment complex to the male pool. I am a part of this gaggle. I have been tipped into this pool. Luckily, the pool seems to be about 80% attractive. Today I met Attractive Collin, Attractive Brenden, Attractive Christian, and became the new ward organist. It's been a very eventful afternoon.
(*Lanee likes to call it the Mormon Meat Market)