Modesty, Thy Name Is Cicada

Today I went to Deseret Book to buy some materials for my CTR-5 class at church (Murray and I started teaching the 5-yr-olds in January, and we absolutely love it). Of course, being the self-absorbed design snob that I am, I only purchased materials that I had designed myself (except for some rubber CTR rings).

It does, in fact, feel a little bit weird to buy something that you, yourself made. (Also? My total came to over $40!! Holy crap! I'm expensive!)

When I was at the cash register, I had to resist every urge to say, "I made that! I'm a designer and I made all of this stuff! It's mine! All mine! Look at meeeeeee!" Instead, I said, after the cashier commented on how cold it was, "Maybe it's the fact that I'm pregnant, but everyone seems to be complaining today about how cold it is, and I honestly haven't even noticed."*

And in that fashion, I avoided embarrassing myself like Kathy Proctor.

Phew.

Murray asked me if I was going to tell the kids that I made their bookmarks and their stickers, and I told him no, because it could seem like a lie to them. Or if they went home and told their parents that their teacher made their stickers and bookmarks, the parents would think that their kids were WAY off base, and they'd correct their children and say that their teachers just GAVE them the bookmarks and stickers, not that they MADE the bookmarks and stickers, and then the children would just be confused.

*This was, in fact, another modesty moment, because what I truly wanted to say was, "Maybe everyone in Utah is just a big fat baby because I grew up in much much worse weather conditions that this, and I'm not even wearing a COAT today (sorry Mom and Dad) and when I was a kid, we didn't HAVE snow days, and we walked to and from school in -40 degree weather, and our thighs FROZE and we would have to wait for them to THAW when we got inside (which causes deep tissue itching and much redness of skin)."

10 comments:

Abbie said...

I would love to see what you designed! Do you plan on posting a picture or link? Forget modesty! :)

AmyJane said...

I want to see your creations too!

Also that thawing/itching thigh thing? Totally. Frigid Bear Lake where you only stay home from school if the busses won't start--somewhere BELOW 20 below zero. Seriously.

Jenny said...

I am from Alaska. That wind was cold.It wasn't thaw your legs itchy cold though. I do hate that kind.

I wish you were Ethan's teacher.

Tori said...

Umm I want to go into Desert Book and find your stuff...how will I know what it is? Post a link please!

The Holyoaks said...

I love your modest guts.

Kristeee said...

I'd also like to see these designs of yours.

When I moved to Utah after living out east I was amazed and completely taken aback at the lack of snow days around here. At least it's not humid here.

Anonamom said...

I, on the other hand, am not so modest.

"My daughter designed these."

It NEVER gets old!

And - yes you should be wearing a coat in winter - says the woman who fell last week because she was wearing dress shoes in icy conditions.

daltongirl said...

When I bought all your YW stuff (I did NOT spend $40) I told the cashier (who said, "This stuff is so cute!") "Yeah, my friend designed it."

I go through the same thing (on a much smaller scale) when I wear my hand-knitted stuff around. People will compliment me and I'll say, "Thank you." But I prefer it when Bret is with me and blurts out, "She MADE that!!" Because then I get all the glory but I haven't actually asked for it myself. Except for the fact that I begged Bret to go with me. Does it really take two people to run to the store around the corner for a gallon of milk? Probably not.

lynette said...

I love bragging about you also, you do good work and work hard at what you do. As far as the cold I love to hear your cold stories, and glad I din't have to live them. It is so freezing it must be the Canadian cold that is blowing through Utah and making most of us wrap our coats around us tighter. Keep warm everyone!!!

Jordy said...

I got a huge kick out of that video. Thanks