July 2014

The last day of school was June 12, after a week of picnics, field days, and pool parties. The four large grocery bags, two for each child, filled with a year’s worth of school work, were deposited in my living room. There they sat, week after week. I considered having a coverlet made, and simply incorporating the pile into my décor.

The congressional debate going on in my brain, was at an impasse. Do I take the whole kit and caboodle and dump it in the recycle bin, without looking? What a nice simple solution. But the hoarder in me voted for carting the bags to the bowels of my boiler room. There I could place them on shelves amongst the treasure trove of outdated Architectural Digests, my husband’s text books and brilliant college term papers scrawled the night before they were due, my old year books, a box of floppy disks, and a vintage 1980’s Mac computer.

As this debate raged on in my head, and I, not unlike congress, became completely paralyzed with indecision, these grocery bags sat. Finally, my son took matters into his own hands, and dumped the contents of the two bags of absolutely everything he did in second grade, including scribbles on scratch paper, on his bedroom floor.

The Crowning of the Virgin

The Crowning of the Virgin

Amongst the detritus, I found this precious gem of a picture my son made at Catholic school. It depicts the “Crowning of the Virgin”. I took one look at this awe inspiring picture. I could almost hear the choir of angels singing in exultation, and in a flash, I grasped the assumption the entire Catholic faith is built upon; Immaculate Conception¹. Yes, I get it, God. I completely understand.

¹I am taking great liberties using the term “Immaculate Conception”. It is a common misconception among Catholics (including this one) and non-Catholics alike that “Immaculate Conception” refers to Jesus’ Virgin birth. This is actually wrong, but I use the term because it concisely gets my point across, and I believe most people understand my reference here. However; “Immaculate Conception”, according to the teachings of the Catholic Church, “is the unique privilege by which, when the Blessed Virgin Mary was conceived in her mother’s womb, she was kept free of original sin through the anticipated merits of Jesus Christ.” ² Whoa! Perhaps the powers that be over-thought some of this church dogma stuff? Hopefully most of you, my dear readers, did not bother to read this footnote, but I really hated the thought of someone who really knows their church doctrine thinking my use of the term means I am a total ignoramus. I am only a partial ignoramus.

² Source: Wikipedia (A footnote to the footnote.)


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