This is the Tiny Dark Lord enjoying the kiddie splash fountain last week at the new City Creek Center. We went to check it out with my mom while she was here. Now, this thing is a big deal. It's been in construction forever, we kept hearing about how amazing it was going to be, how expensive, how Like the Nice Stuff They Have in Europe. Near the home stretch all these billboards started going up with pictures of Cullen lookalikes on them. Anticipation mounted.
I also knew that there were people who were not as thrilled about the new development, or about the Church's involvement with it. (I saw this blog post, and then this rebuttal-ish response to it.) Upon learning that a Tiffany & Co. would open in the mall, I wondered if we were about to raise the bar on Mormon Princess High-Maintenanceness. So I did have some of those questions in the back of my mind when I visited, and I came away feeling somewhat conflicted.
First off: it is gorgeous. Super, super gorgeous and amazing and you could spend all day there. There is a dancing fountain, and real trout in the creek, and it is so clean and sparkly. I went to the family bathroom in the food court to change TDL's diaper and those bathrooms were some of the nicest I have ever seen. The food court bathroom, which is usually where you go to catch a disease. And yes, people say things about investments and protecting downtown Salt Lake City and blabbity informed facts blah.
Because she's right, that's kind of the only way we hear it talked about. When we hear the word "modesty" at church it usually means, "girls need to cover more of their bodies with clothing so that they are not walking porn because they are responsible for not only their own thoughts and actions but also for those of the boys and men around them." (Do not get me started about that--it is a rant for a different time.)
We don't really talk about all the other meanings of the word modest.
1. having or showing a moderate or humble estimate of one's merits, importance, etc.; free from vanity, egotism, boastfulness, or great pretensions.
2. free from ostentation or showy extravagance: a modest house.
3. having or showing regard for the decencies of behavior, speech, dress, etc.; decent: a modest neckline on a dress.
4. limited or moderate in amount, extent, etc.: a modest increase in salary.
The City Creek Center? It is so not modest. It's absolutely over the top. And just about every store there is crazy expensive except for, like, Deseret Book and Forever 21. And the food court. It kind of makes me think about how in the Book of Mormon whenever people start with the wearing of "costly apparel" you know within a paragraph or so things will be going downhill. Should we be the kind of people who spend that kind of money on things like that? Or is it different if we are just encouraging other people to be super materialistic?
I mean, on one side of the street you have the Salt Lake Temple, which the pioneers built out of the finest materials and craftsmanship that were available because it was meant to glorify God. And now on the other side of the street there is something that you could almost call a temple to a completely different god altogether. I don't know. Is this just my crazy brain?
ps. I got some bath stuff from Lush. You know how I like that stuff.