This is and always has been one of my biggest gripes: assembly parts/experiences. Not 1....EVER......E-V-E-R was even remotely relatable to me. Now i have traveled all over the place (and to other countries) and I have sat amongst rich and poor JWs, suburbanites and urbanites, siddity folks and straight 'hood'.....and not 1 assembly experience made me sit up in my seat and say "WOW - that's just like ME!"
1. Inevitably, there is always some young sister on the platform sharing her 'blessings from Jehovah' because she refrained from smoking a cigarette or she turned down a date. Yet she always managed to find 1 fellow classmate willing to study the Bible with her. Turned down a cigarette? Um...I went to an inner city school - those kids were smokin GRASS sweetheart. They would've ripped the pages OUT the Bible and rolled them into blunts!! Cigs are NOTHING where I came from. Oh...and lets pat this sis on the back cause she said "NO" to A DATE. That must make me a skank cause I was turnin down grown MEN since I was 12 (and grew breasts) and have had classmates, workmates, strangers ont he street driving by - offering to screw me every which way but Sunday - so A DATE would actually be flattering to ME.
2. Then there is the young brother who swear off 'dating' because he wants to pursue "spiritual goals"....so once THAT falls from his mouth, ALL the young sisters go "OOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHH" and you can hear it in a crowd of thousands! Then he talks about not going to college, not getting involved in basketball even though it's something he LOVES, and how he wants to go to MTS and then become a CO someday - blah blah blah. Again, let's pat HIM on the back for being such a standup guy....but what he DOESN"T tell you is that the reason he isn't dating is cause he's unattractive, socially inept, and is a mamma's boy - so NO self respecting sister even wants to bother with him. Turn down college? WHY...where does he plan to work? Is Jehovah gonna send him a monthly check he can take to Wachovia and pay his bills with? Oh that's right - NO! And his lil basketball game he soooo loves but is not as important as field service? Uh-huh, I could outshoot him and I'm a GIRL! (3-pointers, nothin but NET baby!!!! ) Of course when this same brother doesn't have a car because he can't afford one due to NOT getting and education and working only PT AND he still lives with his mother ....HOW does that apply to me? WHY would I want to be interested in a brother like that?
3. Lastly, the 'couple' that is just soooooooooo happy to be serving Jehovah together...got married at 18, they both want to quit their jobs, work cleaning houses, and become missionary couples. WOW!!! Everyone claps... loudly...and they continue telling their little story.