Today was the fist Sunday in our new building. Well, it's not OUR new building, since it's in the neighboring stake. And it's not NEW since it's been completed since June. But all the defects were fixed and the two wards using the building were finally allowed to move in.
The above picture is not our new chapel - just an illustration. Our chapel is bigger and prettier ;)
Now........as to our break with tradition. Since moving to Denver 12 years ago, we ALWAYS sit in the 4th row. We have been in three buidling in this time and the meeting times have changed countless times. But one thing remains constant: WE SIT IN THE 4TH PEW.
Two weeks ago, I decided we would break out. We'd do something crazy. We would sit somewhere different. I don't think you realize how huge this is! I offered to buy the 4th pew several years ago. No one would take me up on my offer. I have actually thrown people out of the 4th pew. Luckily they knew me. Still, they were a little offended. My husband's response: "Gina, you can't just make people move." My humble response, "Yes I can."
I announced my plans to the children last week. Plus I added another crazy twist: Not only would we sit in a DIFFERENT pew, but we would sit in a DIFFERENT pew every week. The response was an overwhelming NO!
Today, we were a little late for leaving early. That's the subject of a whole different post. But in our obsessiveness, we leave for church 45 minutes early. The building is 9 minutes away!
Anyway, when we were driving to church, I reminded the children that we would be sitting somewhere different. They were so busy laughing at me for leaving at 11:47 instead of 11:45, that I don't think they heard.
So we did it! WE SAT IN THE SIXTH ROW or maybe it was the 7th. And we sat in the center of the center row. Instead of the right side of the center row. Yeah - really going out on a limb! It was really hard to hear though. The kids reminded me that we are NOT moving pews every week. But I've already scoped out where I want to sit next week. I hope someone like me hasnt already imagined that it is THEIR row or they will be sorely disappointed!