"You will be a better mom because you are a theologian, and a better theologian because you are a mom."

Is it true? In this blog, I explore the interplay and intersection of motherhood and theologianhood.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Fr. Bacon

After the girls and I crashed a reception for a new candidate to the diaconate/priesthood (one of Jeff's former students, but Jeff wasn't with us) in our church hall, we had this conversation on the way home:

M: So we should call him Fr. Carmine.
TM: Well, not yet...
M: That's right. He's not a priest yet or a deacon. But when he is a priest, I will call him FATHER Carmine.
E: And when he is a priest, I will call him BACON.
M: Eva, that's not appropriate!
E: Then, when he is a priest, I will call him FATHER BACON.

I have no idea why Eva thought of this.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Delayed Halloween

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 It was Friday, October 28th. Patrick tried on his robot Halloween costume.

 Eva tried to decide between being a gorilla and a flower.

Grandpa and Nana came, bringing pumpkin muffins and ready to enjoy Halloween weekend. On Saturday morning, they took the kids to the library Halloween party.
 But by the time they came home... it was snowing
 Eva was happy to take off her costume and put on her new winter coat.
 Maia was thrilled to be able to build a snowman in October... even if the tree was bummed to have its branches touching the ground.

At the Church Halloween party on October 30th, Eva won the silliest costume award as a gorilla. But what would happen? The message finally came: school was delayed, and trick-or-treating postponed until Tuesday, November 1st. On Monday, there was a new message: school canceled, trick-or-treating postponed until Friday, along with the school parties and costume parade.

What? Postponed until Friday???? How can Halloween be postponed? The kids demanded to know. While city crews cleaned up the numerous downed branches and power/cable/telephone lines, moms fretted over how to explain the change on short notice...

 Friday November 4th the sun came out. Maia wore three different costumes: Tinkerbell to her school party, Belle to her school parade, and flower princess to go trick-or-treating.
Eva was scared by these typical neighborhood Halloween decorations, as well as all the people in scary masks. Patrick was unfazed, almost bored. Maia was SO happy. Why can't every day be a day where you get to walk around with your friends to people's houses where they give you candy?

And for Mom and Dad, well... finally, Halloween is OVER.