Saturday, December 18, 2010

Tabernacle Teaches Thinking

I learned a great lesson from the news that the Provo Tabernacle burned yesterday (December 17, 2010) morning...  Allow me to share my insight.

For the past block (1/2 of semester) I drove by the Provo Tabernacle EVERY day while driving to student teaching--twice a day.  It seemed like it would always be there.  It is a beautiful building but many a times on my early morning drive I was so tired, the building was often overlooked.  I thought it would never change... it wasn't something to pay attention to but rather just something to look beyond.

As I learned about the terrible news of it burning (thanks to a former BYU teacher on facebook), I couldn't believe it.  How could this amazing building be gone?  I really thought it would be something that would be there forever... not something that would be there one day and gone the next.

As we turned on the news, I was really struck with not taking things for granted.  Last springtime, our stake had stake conference in there.  I think I have been in the building before but this time is really the only time I remember.  Casey and I took the opportunity to wander around the WHOLE building and read EVERY caption below EVERY picture.  (Unfortunately, I don't think we have any pictures...)  We arrived very early for conference and decided to enjoy the deep heritage of the building.  There were fascinating stories to be told.  The pictures portrayed the legacy.  The craftsmanship was detailed.  The benches were hard.  The organ was impressive.  The windows were stunning.  The structure was castle-like.  The spirit present was touching.  I truly am grateful for these beautiful memories that I will cherish and look back on with fondness.

But as I was pondering about not taking things for granted... if I would have known that Thursday was the last night, I would have taken more time to walk around and enjoy the moment.  I would have taken pictures to last a lifetime.  I would have looked at the building instead of looking past as I rush on with life.  It was a simple reminder to live each day to the fullest, spend a little more time with the ones you love, capture the beauty of the moment, make memories happen....

Thankfully the building is not something I will have eternal relationships with but the lessons it taught me will be applied to those whom I deeply love and treasure as family and friends.


(Photos courtesy of my dear friend, "Pepper" and her hubby--and their blog.  They were taken on Dec 12, 2010.  I used hers because we don't have any pictures...)
P.S. Warning for my mom... Pepper's blog has pictures of the burning building too... I personally don't suggest you (Mom or anyone that has nightmares of burning buildings) click on it.  But everyone else, PLEASE do!  She is the reason I have a nickname of "Salt."

"And in the end, it is not the years in your life that count.  It is the life in your years."  --Abraham Lincoln

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Graduation Celebration

Yesterday morning, I worked hard to finish scanning in a few worksheets/ handouts.  I had to have an electronic copy of everything I used while student teaching so I could burn it all to a CD.  Once that was done, relief was written all over my face and my smile began to glow.  I was so excited to wear my brand new t-shirt.  It said "BYU Alumni 2010--Go forth to Serve".  I have been waiting to wear this!  I was so excited to take it out of the package! :D 


Casey and I went to campus together and shared a picnic.  This was such a wonderful "last day" experience!  He made tuna fish sandwiches--he really is amazing!  Then the celebrating began.  We went to the bookstore and bought the new ornament for our tree this year in celebration of my graduation.  It is a beautiful (really the color is very pretty!) blue ball with the BYU logo and cougar stamped on it.  That was not exactly what I wanted (I dreamed of a graduation cap ornament with BYU and the year on it--but that obviously does not exist) but will fulfill its purpose in the years to come.


Casey headed off to the library and I went to the final Seminar.  I turned in everything and that was a *WONDERFUL* feeling.  I am seriously done! :)  It is kind of funny how many acronyms the education department has.  I still don't even know what most of them stand for but we uploaded all of the information online.  Several of the forms to complete were like long "facebook" surveys.  Well, finally everything was done and my Teacher Work Sample handed in.  It is still hard to believe that everything is done.


Fortunately, seminar went quickly (they did it on purpose for me!).  Casey came to pick me up and we drove north.  We met my parents at Wendy's.  Sidenote--I just have to say their grilled chicken wraps are DELICIOUS!!!  Anyway, Wendy's was not the destination--just a pit stop to fill our hungry tummies.  


We went and watched "The Forgotten Carols."  I love that play/ musical!  This was the perfect graduation celebration for me!  On my left, I was sitting by my number one best friend (Casey) and on my right my second best friend (my mom).  My dad, sister-in-law and brother were there too.  My whole family-minus my little sister because she is up in Logan finishing up her finals.  It was Casey's first time seeing it.  I love watching him laugh so much.  He cracks up over the silliest little jokes and it is so cute!  That play is so touching.  I definitely recommend it to everyone!  And the music is amazing!  I own the sheet music and CD and I think it is time to bring them out of storage! :)  While we were there, some people saw my shirt and congratulated me for it.  I love being Alumni!!!  I have worked so hard for this and now it is really here!
See my totally *awesome* shirt! :)