Friday, August 22, 2008

Living is a Distopic Society

Well, I spent a good portion of the day doing 2 activites.

First, I finished reading the last book in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, Breaking Dawn. I was really good - in fact it's my favorite of the whole series - I was not disappointed. I may just have to read it again! OK, so we all know that I will anyway. I won't give anything away, because that's just lame to spoil a good read for someone else, but I do have to say that there was much I wasn't expecting, meaning I was pleasantly surprised by the storyline, and she somehow managed to end it without feeling like you needed more. I don't think JK Rowling was even able to do that with Harry Potter - she resolved the story, but peronally I still wanted more of Harry. Here Stephenie Meyer was able to resolve the story - or stories, as the case may be - and even though there could be more story (and hopefully someday will be), you fell like it was a good place to end. At least I did. Needless to say - I loved it.

The other thing I did today was actually get stuff put away! It's amazing that I actually did it. I kept telling myself each night - tomorrow's the day, I'm going to get to work - and yet I never do. But today I did. And the living room actually looks put together, like we really live here, not like our lives just happened to explode here and no one's bothered to pick up the rubble yet.
In my D&C class this summer one of our lectures was spent on the subject of Zion and living in a Utopic Society. We were trying to define what that might be from the early saints' point of view. First our teacher, Bro. Williams (visiting from BYU-Idaho, great teacher) read us the dictionary definition of utopic. And while I don't remember most of what he read, I do remember that he said the opposite of utopic is distopic. And I said to my friend sitting next to me - that's what I live in, a distopic society! Well, it's true, our lives are usually in some form of chaos, not that that's even a bad thing. We are a young family and I know that life is going to be crazy. And we're even lucky to be the family that we are. I have so many friends that have had parts of their family taken from this life, or that wish they had more parts to share this life with. So really I'm blessed to live in such a distopic society and I need to remember to be grateful for it everyday. Someday I will have a house that looks how I imagine "Holly Homemaker" or "Molly Mormons" house to be, but until then I will settle for lots of loud pounding feet (pitter-patter, yeah right), dirty dishes piling up by the ton, stray spaghetti noodles stuck to the walls, sopping wet bathroom mats, and bedroom floors covered in microscopic lego pieces. That's what life is all about, right?

4 comments:

Tonia said...

Hi!
I totally agree with you about Breaking Dawn. I loved it as well. As for the house, I have to remind myself that it is the "season for chaos" My little ones won't be here for long and I just need to enjoy the moments. I sure miss you! Talk to you later!
Tonj

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

About Lego's. Our neighbor's printer broke. They finally took it to be fixed. The repair man turned it upside down, shook it and out came a little blue lego. Cost for this repair? $35.00.

mjlba said...

Lis,
Ditto for Breaking Dawn. It was just so AWESOME!
Who came up with "Molly Mormon" anyway?! And why do we women CARE so much!? You don't see the guys agonizing over "Peter Priesthood"!

Karen Lambarth said...

I will put that series on my USA book list!
I loved the post, good writing Lisa. I enjoyed the comments too.
Yes, life does change after school starts.
Yes we women stress more over nearly everything, not just housekeeping!