Most of this week was rather mundane but things got a bit exciting beginning Thursday. The story I'm going to tell is all second and third hand but I found it fascinating and I'm going to tell it anyway. If I get some of the details wrong I'm sorry. So Prom is coming up and Alex has been putting off asking anyone to the dance. He finally decided he's going to ask Katrina Peterson. Interestingly, early this week The kids walk into the school and there on the wall written in black spray paint is "Katerina Peterson, Prom?" Poor Katrina gets hauled into the office and is very intensely interrogated by the police. I guess I understand that they need to do that but you'd think they would be a little more gentle. So they power wash off the paint and then when everyone shows up the next morning there it is again. "Katrina Peterson Prom?" If there was any hint of gentleness before it is gone now. They are accusing Katrina of covering up for some boy. I guess some kid had asked Katrina earlier (she turned him down) and they are grilling him too. Katrina's meeting with the cops was now a daily activity and she is certain that no one is going to dare ask her now. So when Alex decided to ask her it made her day and Alex knew he was going to be meeting with the cops too. He claims he's always wanted to be interrogated by the cops and actually I think it would be quite fun, as long as you know you're innocent.
To ask her to the dance Alex made a sign that said, "Katrina, it would "rock" if you would go to Prom with me. Return the rock that has your answer on it, Alex" (or something like that). He then got a cute little pebble and wrote "yes" on it and then him and Frank went into the canyon and dragged out a rock that was at least 90 pounds and wrote "NO" on it. They then put the two rocks and the sign on Katrina's door step, rang the door bell and ran.
It seems that Katrina's dad has a bit of a sense of humor because when he answered the door he calls out to Katrina, "Katrina, now they're painting on our house". Katrina burst into the tears which of course melted her Dad's heart. He assured her he was joking and that she needed to come and look. When she refused to go her mom went and looked and she convinced Katrina to go and look. I guess it made her day. She brought the "yes" rock to seminary the next morning with some balloons. It was a great ending to a horrible week for her. And yes, Alex got his interrogation by the cops. The "NO" rock is still on the doorstep.
This weekend was "Youth Conference" so Lisa and the kids were gone Friday night and most of Saturday. It was a bit strange being here alone. At 10:00 pm Lisa comes home with five girls who slept over. Alex and Sarah slept over at other houses. We fed the girls breakfast and they were gone the next morning by 8:00. I had volunteered for a service activity painting fences with graffiti on them. I guess some service organization does this but they were not used to having the church volunteer I guess. They had enough paint that they thought would last until noon but we had used it all by ten. They went to get more and we finished that off in less than an hour. We must have had nearly 100 people there. I spent the afternoon building shelves in the garage.