Sunday morning I got dressed. You read that right. Sunday morning. Who gets dressed on Sunday mornings? If you don’t go to church, Sundays are for pancakes and pajama pants and yard work and walking the dog. They aren’t for getting dressed.
But this Sunday we had plans. Church plans. MQD and I have tossed around the idea of checking out our local Unitarian church for ages. There is something about a baby that makes me yearn to be part of a community. There is a deep desire to be part of a greater good, to reflect upon the gratitude that I feel for the many joys I have experienced in the last year, joys that can only be described as blessings. A Unitarian Universalist church and their “come as you are” approach to worship is right up my alley.
This Sunday’s theme was seeing the world as you see yourself, through the eyes of Love. We sang. We danced. Even as we hokie pokied our way around the room, hand in hand with strangers, as silly as it felt, as desperately as I wanted to roll my eyes, I knew I wanted to come back. We offered praises to the Universe for the trees and the sunshine and children. On our way back to the car we walked by the very same trees in the very same sunshine we had walked by just an hour before. But my smile was brighter on the way out. I saw the trees and felt the sun on my face.
The last time I went to church for a Sunday Service I was 15. I was wearing a tie. And a blazer. And I desperately needed to do something about my permed bangs. There is no explaining my attire. Teenage girls in the company of certain boys will do strange things. Including go to church in drag.
Twenty some years later I am not sure I know what I believe in. But I know I believe in Ru Paul. And not just because I look fierce in a tie.
“My goal is to always come from a place of love …but sometimes you just have to break it down for a motherfucker” ~ Ru Paul.
*Title for my post shamelessly stolen from RuPaul’s Cover Girl.
I am so glad I searched up “Ru Paul” so that I could find this post :)
Ha! I am glad, too! :)
Dude, I’d go UU too if I wasn’t so damn lazy. I was raised Lutheran and spent the last 5ish years exploring religion and what I do (and maybe more importantly, don’t) believe. We’ve gone to various churches on and off and my kids seem to enjoy it for the most part. We live in Utah, and most of my kids’ friends are active in their church so I get occasional questions about why we don’t regularly go to church. The problem is that the only church I could go to at this point in my spiritual journey is the UU and the closest UU church is a 40 minute drive away. And Sunday is my husband’s only day off. And he’ll tolerate church for our sake, but it’s not his favorite. And he would not hokie pokie in church. So I guess that’s why we don’t go.
But I hear you about having a baby and being drawn to community. Every time I had a new baby, I felt like we should find a church.
I think it’s nice for kids to have a community like that as they’re growing up. Some of my best times when I was growing were with my church’s youth group (but it wasn’t a typical youth group. We didn’t do any bible study or gospel singing or anything. Anytime they tried to have us do stuff like that we stopped going – so we just played games, watched movies, and hung out. A big family ^.^)
All kinds of good feelings from this post!
Thank you! It was a pretty great day.
I have to say, I, like Becca IMMEDIATELY spotted the unibrow. What the What!?! He must’ve been funny as hell. Big props to you for the blazer & tie. Ru Paul is one sexy Bi**h!!
He was and is. :)
Today I’m thankful for that quote at the end. Awesome :)
If I went to church, that’s the kind I’d go to. Glad it was happifying for you.
There has never ever been not will there ever be a more holy unibrow.
Oh no you didn’t!!!! I am too excited about this. I’ve been a UU for 9 years now. I walked in looking for a community to just sit with when I was going through cervical cancer. I never left. So excited to read that you had a good experience. xoxoxo
I thought about you the whole time we were there. :)
Oh, for the love of chicks in ties!! Yes, I sported that look too, but usually with a chambray shirt. :) RuPaul pisses me off because he looks so much better in a dress than I do! lol
I love the Ru Paul quote. And, yes. Teenagers are weird.