Great Expectations

One Sunday, Father’s Day, I was assigned to speak at my church. It’s not the first time, but it was certainly the most scary.

I felt this enormous amount of pressure to be brilliant. Three reasons why:

1, It’s Father’s Day and you have to have an epic meeting on Father’s Day, right?
2, I had this feeling that everyone expected brilliance because, “well, she is a writer.”
3, I expected to be able to at least write a good 15 minute talk because, “well, I am a writer.”

Well, after hours of stressing, everything went fine. My talk certainly wasn’t epic or brilliant, but I at least spoke coherently. And I didn’t trip on my way up. Anyway, now its over, and I won’t have to speak for a nice, long time.



  1. Natalie on June 16, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    It’s funny how people expect writers to be good speakers. Um, I right because I can’t talk! I’ve never been good at expressing myself in front of people, but if I have time to think and write it out, it works better.

    Glad you made it through, I haven’t talked in church since high school!

  2. Kiersten on June 16, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    My last talk I actually had someone write me a thank you note. It was bizarre. But Father’s Day, that’s high pressure…I don’t envy you, but I’m sure you did great ; )

    My problem with talks is that I talk really (really really) fast, so I’ll have four or five pages of material (just an outline–not even word for word) and I’ll still only take five or ten minutes. Turbo!

  3. Renee Collins on June 16, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    My major problem was blubbering. Of course, I had to include the touching story of my Grandpa. I sobbed my way through it, and then had to fumble with the tissues. Afterwards, I saw in the mirror that I had these big black streaks of mascara smeared across my cheeks. It was lovely.

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