I am in charge of our ward bulletin for the next two weeks while the woman who regularly does it is out of town. I don't mind doing it. I also don't really want to do it. Such is the gospel. I'm actually kind of dreading it because I have to create the bulletin on the computer with tabs and all the right spacing (will fail) and then take it to Stevensons Genealogy Center (Kinkos=secular) where I will attempt to run off 100 DOUBLE-SIDED (will fail) copies. I also think I'll have to split the page and make it go sideways. I am getting anxious thinking about it. But whatever. Christian will just do it, which is why he volunteered me for it in the first place--so he wouldn't seem like a service hog (which he is).
At any rate, it's no big deal. And yet today several people at church came up to me and said, "Oh! I was so happy to see you are doing the ward bulletin." (There is an announcement about it in today's ward bulletin. You see, these are the kinds of things I will be tracking and publicizing as I work with the bulletin.) I was totally surprised that anyone even knew I was doing it (again--not a big deal). Plus, I'm only doing it for two weeks (even less of a big deal). Which leads me to ask, What's the big deal?
It makes me wonder if people don't know I already have a calling in Young Women. And if they don't know that, maybe they think I have no calling and that I'm inactive. Because "it's so great to see that you are doing the ward bulletin" is kind of something you say to an inactive person. I was lavished today with all the goodwill and encouragement of a woman just come back to church. It was sort of great. I don't care if people think I was inactive. As long as they know I'm active now because of this ward bulletin gig that gets me out to my meetings.
I have a few other fantasy reasons people could be excited about me doing the ward bulletin. Maybe they love my blog and think the ward bulletin will provide a nice forum for my brand of wacky humor. Or maybe everyone is dying to call me to tell me their announcements for the bulletin because they want to announce that I'm great. Or that there is a present drive going on for me. If that were the case, I would put it in bold.
I think "it's so great to see that you'll be doing the ward bulletin" is probably just something to say to make conversation. I've certainly said things like that in order to make conversation. It's basically just an acknowledgment that hey, I saw your name mentioned somewhere and now I'm talking to you and remembering that fact so I'll congratulate you for it because what else am I going to do? And it's why I prefer to conduct all my social interactions via Facebook, where clicking "Like" is enough (and where bulletins make themselves).
As far as making conversation goes, "it's so great to see that you'll be doing the ward bulletin" is fine. But "Holy crap! I LOVE your hair!" is much better. Give me something I can work with, people.