Sunday, April 20, 2008

Sunday

The second counselor in the bishopric wasted no time in asking Maddy to speak in Sacrament meeting as the youth speaker. Too be honest, I was very nervous for her. At home, she has two volumes, loud and louder. We are constantly asking her to be quiet. That's why I am always so shocked when her teachers always comment on how quiet she is. I always ask if we are talking about the same girl. She is reserved in public. She casually informed me on Saturday that she was asked to speak on Sunday. I of course, reacted in typical mom fashion. "What! Why didn't you tell me earlier?! I never heard you tell me you had to give a talk. I am NOT always busy." Guilt. Tom and I helped her put together a simple talk on humility. In the back of my mind, I had the picture of a young girl about Maddy's age, who at the last minute, backed out of her talk. She was tearful and visibly shaking.

This Sunday was Brother Demille's first time conducting Sacrament meeting. After he had announced the program, he sat down but forgot to lower the podium. Maddy is tiny, she patiently waited for him to lower it to the very lowest it could go when her dad nudged him and the congregation was giggling. (For a minute, I thought they might need to get the step stool.) I watched as my quiet, reserved daughter stood at the pulpit, and read her talk as if it weren't her first time. When she sat down, a little piece of my heart grew. She proved to me what a brave, strong girl she is.

7 comments:

Jan said...

It was priceless Terri. That pulpit looked huge. But she was just a sweet as pie. She did a great job for her first time for sure. My little Mattie said for the first time, I have to do that someday huh? And I said yes. So she paid attention to a youth speaker. So Maddie rocks. Very proud moment for you I bet. Thanks for the hug to Mattie yesterday. First thing she told me on the way home. :)

Anonymous said...

She's awesome! Must take after her dad! (only he's much taller, tee hee). Strength must come from mom. Dad seems to be soft....

terramisu said...

I agree! She is a strong girl! I loved her talk, she did an awesome job!

Deborama said...

That was very cute, she is so tiny! Scott said WHAT Maddie is in YW and Brad is a priest! Here comes another mid life crisis! :)

debsters said...

She did fantastic and I didn't get a chance to tell her, so pass it on please.
We'll miss her in Primary though.

Catherine said...

I enjoyed her talk very much! I've been fortunate to get to know Maddy in a more relaxed setting--Achievement Day. One thing I'll always remember about her was that she had to dance around the room when memorizing the Articles of Faith! She is so cute!!

miss-mattie said...

She did a great job Sunday.
Bye bye.