Monday, October 5, 2009


I woke up to the first snowfall of the semester, but the weather isn't the only thing that's changed.

I have found myself smiling at strangers passing by in the MC or on the sidewalk, when before I'd walk with somewhat of a cloudy eye, focused on my destination and nothing inbetween. A roommate of mine told me that a text message I sent made her day, and I want to understand her. A girl in my creative writing class opened up to me to the point of tears. I felt so much love for her and so much sorrow for what I'd thought of her before. A stout girl offered the scripture in class, and I studied her chapped lips and empathized with her. I got excited about an assignment given: to interview an elderly person about a specific moment in their life and write about it, providing a small record for that person and their family. A really great guy that I know ate lunch with me today and had me listen to about eight of his favorite classical songs, and I felt his enthusiasm.

I've decided that after graduation, in April, I'm going to serve a mission. There was something about Elder Perry's talk during General Conference on Sunday, and all of the talks following, that really echoed that message. I never wanted to go; in fact, I was positive I would never go.

It's amazing to me that changes like these can take place overnight. But the snow has brought this with it, and I am content.


cinderkarli said...

Aly! I've never posted on your blog. That is really exciting to hear! I totally understand about never wanting to go because neither did I. Funny how things change. I was thinking about my mission this weekend. There are such little things that I miss and think about often. Last night, what with the weather changing, I was missing walking down the streets of New York in the fall evenings. The air felt so crisp, and I loved the sound of leaves trailing along the sidewalks mixed in with the sound of car horns. I miss watching people wrapped up in colorful scarves hurrying along and hailing taxis. I'm so glad I went. I'll always love New York.

Aly said...

Karli, I just love you.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Aly, that's amazing. You're such a wonderful person and I want you to know that I really look up to you.
If you decide to go on a mission, I know you will be a great missionary. People will be so lucky to have you in their lives. And I will definitely write to you!!!!