Saturday, April 5, 2008

Chivalry is NOT dead!

This blog entry is dedicated to the men in my life who have proven that gentlemen still do exist in the world, even if sometimes they seem hard to find.

Let me explain.

For the last two months, the Elder's Quorum of my ward has been talking about "The Pineapple Activity"--a surprise activity that they had been planning for March 29. They were completely tight-lipped about the whole affair; so secret, in fact, that we girls were beginning to wonder if they actually had anything planned. The only thing they told us was, "Dress formally and don't be late!"

Unsure of what to expect from a bunch of 20-something-year-old guys, we curiously made our way to the church building at 6:30. Boy, were we surprised at what we found there! As we drove into the parking lot, we saw several guys standing on the curb. By the time we had parked, they were at our car, offering to escort us in to the building. They led us down a lighted pathway into the decorated cultural hall and seated us at beautifully set tables (complete with tablecloths that they ironed themselves). For the next hour and a half, we were waited on hand and foot--someone was always nearby offering us a refill of our glass, clearing a plate, or bringing one of the four courses of the meal! While we ate, they entertained us with songs, magic, juggling, ad even a barbershop quartet! Once dinner was completed and cleared away, each man asked a girl to dance and we spent the rest of the evening twirling around and being treated royally by the men of the group. I couldn't stop smiling (and neither could they)! To top it all off, the guys made each girl a small gift of this rose in a small seed pot. Yes, they MADE these themselves!

I could not believe how incredibly hard these guys worked to honor us for one night. They could ave done half as much and we would have been impressed. Instead, they blew us away with their efforts and chivalrous behavior. At the end of the night, a friend of mine commented, "I'm not sure if this was really a girls appreciation night, or if it was a night for the girls to realize how awesome these guys are so we appreciate them more." Too true.

Either way, it seemed to me that everyone involved had a good time at what the gentlemen aptly titled, "A Night to Remember."


Robyn said...

That gift is so cute! I was so impressed when you told me about that night. It really is nice to know that gentlemen have survived throughout the ages. Maybe it will have to be the girls turn to return the favor in some way.

Melissa said...

That is amazing! I've never been to a ward with an activity like that. How very sweet and thoughtful.