Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Boys Who Sing

My Dad was in the Stake Presidency when I was a little girl. Basically, that meant that he had lots of church meetings and had to travel around to all the congregations within the stake. Sometimes my Mom and I would go with him.

One Sunday in particular, we went to the ward (congregation) that Todd attended.  After the main meeting (Sacrament Meeting), the children go to Primary.  There are lessons and singing and all sorts of good things.  Anyway, that day in primary the music leader was introducing a new song called "Love is Spoken Here".    I loved learning new songs.  It was like having a puzzle dangled in front of me.  I HAD to solve it.  So, I paid very close attention to everything that was taught.  (This paid off, because they didn't start teaching it in my ward until the next month.  And I totally knew it already.)  The girls sing the first verse of the song and the boys sing the second verse, then join together to sing the third verse.

  There are some wards where the little boys are very enthusiastic singers.  Then there is the majority.  So, my seven year old self was very interested in the melodious singing coming from the opposite side of the room.

I craned my neck around to see eight year old Todd Smith.  I remember thinking, "Hm.  He's a really good singer.  That's Todd.  I remember him.  He cries when he gets teased."

I should mention that he didn't look at me once.  Nor does he remember this event at all.  Nor did he remember that I was even at Treasure Island all those years before.

He does, however, remember our anniversary.  And my, usually.

The next time I saw Todd Smith, I was 14 and he was 15.  But that will be tomorrow's story.


Lara Mackelberry said...

I love how you are breaking this up! It is so fun to read!

Heather Snediker-Morscheck said...

Chapter 3: In Which Emilia Catches the Heffalump , I Mean Todd.

Emilia said...

"Sing HO! for the life of a bear! Sing HO! for the expedition!"

And don't you think Todd looks more like a Woozle than a Heffalump?

Marcia Mickelson said...

Cute story. That's cool that you remember that. Can't wait to hear tomorrow's story.

Marcia Mickelson said...

Because I do remember Todd when he was fifteen.

Heather Snediker-Morscheck said...

Indeed, Todd is more Woozly, but I had just finished reading "Chaper 5: In Which Piglet Catches a Heffalump" so it was foremost in my mind.

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