Saturday, 2 August 2008

Purple Hats

Tonight at church we had our Relief Society, Gratitude Dinner. The night was based on the following:
The Years Of A Woman

Age 3: She looks at herself and sees a Queen.

Age 8: She looks at herself and sees Cinderella.

Age 15: She looks at herself and sees an Ugly Sister (Mum I can't go to school looking like this!)

Age 20: She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly"- but decides she's going out anyway.

Age 30: She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly" - but decides she doesn't have time to fix it, so she's going out anyway.

Age 40: She looks at herself and sees "clean" and goes out anyway.

Age 50: She looks at herself and sees "I am" and goes wherever she wants to go.

Age 60: She looks at herself and reminds herself of all the people who can't even see themselves in the mirror anymore. Goes out and conquers the world.

Age 70: She looks at herself & sees wisdom, laughter and ability, goes out and enjoys life.

Age 80: Doesn't bother to look. Just puts on a PURPLE hat and goes out to have fun with the world.

Everyone was asked to either wear a purple hat or something purple to go along with the theme of the night. It was all about feeling happy about how we are right NOW and not comparing ourselves to others. It was a great night that Kym had organised for us. First of all we had three different workshops - Annette took one about using accessories to change the way we look, including makeup (thanks to her beautiful model - Sarah!). Bonnie took one on healthy eating and exercise - giving us some very graphic examples of how much fat and sugar are in different things -not something that I wanted to know after pigging into chocolate last night! Ellen talked to us about how our attitudes can make a big difference in how we are feeling.

After the workshops Kym gave us an excellent presentation about how we shouldn't compare ourselves to others but be the best person that we can be and set goals. We then headed into the hall for a beautiful three course meal that was made by the men and served by the Young Men!

It was nice to catch up with Jade and Sarah on my table, as I haven't caught up with them for a long time.

Everyone had lots of fun eating and enjoying each others company.

During dinner the Young Women put on a fashion parade for us which highlighted different times in our lives, from childhood, growing up, getting an education, getting married and having children.

Annette cracked us all up at the end coming out with her purple wig.

We finished off the night with some beautiful cupcakes with purple icing.


  1. Looks like a brilliant time was had by all! what a wonderful thing to be part of.

    Love that purple wig!

    I catch up with Eva Leppard regularly and I mentioned that I love your blog, and she asked for the link. She'll no doubt leave some comments (in between juggling her three boys about).

    Does Noah go to Elonera school? I used to work there. Not sure if it's still running. I heard there were some closures. I saw Harry the principal at a workshop last year but didn't get the chance to ask about the school.


  2. Hi Arielle! Looking forward to hearing from Eva. Noah goes to Punchbowl Primary (mainstream school) 4 days a week and Newstead Heights School (special school) one day a week. Peter Harrison was the Teacher In Charge there last year (they call him Harry) but retired. Not sure if it is the same guy you are talking about.
    Are you a teacher?

  3. p.s Arielle - not sure if you know that Annette (the one with the purple wig) is Chelsea's Mum?

  4. Oh! Of course - she is Chelsea's Mum! I met her but didn;t recognise her in the wig! Funny!

    Yep, that's Harry- long hair, dried up wizardy kind of guy? He used to be principal of Elonera which is on the same campus as Newstead Heights (I used to work there too). No, not a teacher. I did voluntary work there while I was at uni, then worked as a social trainer for a few years. I'm working with kids with special needs here (still) and am doing a Masters in Counselling at uni.
    It's taken me a long time to find my spot in the world. Lots of stops and starts with different jobs. I think being a mum has been my favourite so far!

  5. Yep - that's him!! LOL I taught for two years after uni, but haven't taught for 9 years now - being a Mum is by far my favourite job too. Hardest, but most rewarding :)


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