Have you ever done something you considered so terrific that you couldn't help but tell people all about it? Something you threw yourself at and ended up absolutely tickled with the results?
Well, I did. I--and the nifty skeelz God granted me, of course--sat down for 8 hours and produced something that I'm awfully pleased with.
See, let's be honest here, the bulk of LDS art is a total bummer. I mean really ugly. Sorry, but it's the truth and you know you agree with me. I'm picky about what I put on our walls, and I simply couldn't stomach all the Mormon stuff that's available. I couldn't do that to my house. (I'm a sinful snob.) But I did want a little of my religion displayed someplace in our dwelling. So what did I do? I made it myself. How's that for a sizable ego?
I made the Proclamation on the Family work for my walls. I designed it in a manner that was pleasing to my eyes, and then, in addition to the 40" X 60" I ordered for myself (remember, we're talking about a sizable ego), I had a copy printed for my mom and sisters (all but Lola, 'cause at nearly 17 she's still with the 'rents and can admire mom's poster) and sent it to 'em as a "surprise." (I use quotation marks sparingly, so those ones caught your eye, yes?)
See, the prints were supposed to arrive on their doorsteps neatly rolled in a durable cardboard shipping tube as a surprise. But I was too excited to keep my lips zipped. First, I spilled it to Whitney. No harm--just one sister of four. But then I was chatting with my mom and the "surprise" just fell out of my mouth. Whoops. 2 down. 3 still existing in ignorance. Except . . . I had to call Mal about her upcoming trip to Sparks and, well, while we were talking I told her what she should expect to receive within the next few days. And then, with Whit, Mom, and Mal all in the know, I felt that I oughta share the love, go all the way, and call Haley and Caitlyn as well. So that's what I did. I completely blew the surprise.
Now, you should know that I'm usually great with this kind of thing. From time to time, my friends and family members will find an unexpected package outside their front doors. Did I order something? they wonder. But they slice the whatever open and discover a little treat from sister Megan. A little something that they had no idea was on the way. (It's a selfish something I do, for I find a great deal of delight in doing such things.) See, I can keep a surprise a secret. Just not this time. As a 24" X 36" print, in colors to match each of their homes, I sent them all one of these:
See why I couldn't keep my mouth shut? It may not be your cup of tea, but for someone with my particular tastes it's the cat's pajamas.
(Si! Si! Another post brought to you by my unrelenting procrastination . . . even at 11:40PM.)