s Thoughts from the Physics Chick: P is for Power Trip

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

P is for Power Trip

The summer I lived in the French House, I was called to be the Relief Society Music Chair. My job was to find someone to play and lead the music every week, and to pick the hymns.

The calling also involved attending Relief Society Board (Bored) Meeting, even though I was on a committee of one, and thus didn’t really have anyone to meet with or anything to discuss. At our first meeting of the semester, the Relief Society President decided that we should go around the circle and introduce ourselves by saying what our calling was and what we liked about it.

The first girl introduced herself as a Relief Society teacher, and spoke a few tearful words about what a wonderful calling it was. The second girl introduced herself as a Visiting Teaching supervisor, and how happy she was to be involved with this institution. The third girl was another teacher who also felt quite blessed to be serving in that capacity at that time. After a few more similar repetitions, it was my turn, and I decided to liven things up a bit.

“I’m [Katya],” I said, “and I’m the Relief Society Music Chair. What I like about my calling is the feeling of POWER. Every week, you HAVE to sing the hymns that I CHOOSE.”

This statement was met by profound silence, and at least one or two frightened stares, but certainly no laughter. (I never did make a friend in that group.)

E. was one of the girls in that meeting. (I forget if she was a Visiting Teaching supervisor or a Relief Society teacher, but either way it was the most important thing, ever, and she felt very blessed to be able to contribute in some way.) She also had a German class with A., my cousin. One day, before class got started, the class somehow got on to the topic of people who get a power trip from their callings.

During a lull in the conversation, E. spoke up: “You know who really gets a power trip from her calling? [Katya] does.”

A. laughed. (I had told her the story.) “No, she doesn’t.”

“No,” E. insisted, “I think she does.”

A. now became a bit more concerned. “No, really. She doesn’t. She’s not like that at all.”

“No,” E. said quietly but firmly, “I’m pretty sure she does.”

A. never convinced her otherwise.

7 Comments:

At November 15, 2006 2:39 PM, Blogger Master Fob said...

It's people like you, who get power drunk in positions of authority, who maintain the patriarchal oppression of the church. Shame on you. You are an enemy of democracy.

 
At November 15, 2006 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, some people don't have a sense of humor when it comes to things like that. I would have busted out laughing if I heard that, even if it was a completely serious statement.

 
At November 15, 2006 10:18 PM, Blogger Squirrel Boy said...

Allow me to be the first to say it: this is why no man will ever love you.

 
At November 16, 2006 5:13 PM, Blogger Melyngoch said...

Squirrel Boy's confused. It's actually why I'm a failure as a human being.

 
At November 16, 2006 6:11 PM, Blogger Squirrel Boy said...

Can't it be both?

 
At November 16, 2006 8:37 PM, Blogger Th. said...

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I busted up laughing and I wasn't even there.

 
At November 24, 2006 1:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can so see it: your eyes shining with power-trip madness, your hands of their own will curling and rising up above your head, you throwing your head back with a maniacal BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA as thunder crashes and lightning flashes outside the window.

 

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