Mary took this fun picture of me:
The man introducing me did talk to Mary, and asked her to “tell me about Mary”.
Mary replied, “Well, she was a young woman who had a baby and she named him Jesus.” It was so funny!
She has also enjoyed every local museum we can find, this one while I was in training (and thanks to one of my chaplain friend families).
I missed having us here as a whole family this year, but with money so focused on Kyrie and her already in isolation precautions, there was just no way. We have done a lot of FaceTiming home, and we are very excited to start heading home soon. Mary is pretty sure she can just fly home on her own now, and doesn’t need me “because this trip got me really good at maps”.
She wanted her picture taken where the general authorities just got their pictures taken, “and right next to Jesus in the picture, because He loves me so much.”
As excited as we are to go home, and as hard as it is that we don’t have better news about Kyrie from this clinic than any other, the one on one time we had together this weekend was really good for us.
And some time of her getting spoiled all on her own was pretty special, too.
I finished my talk, and am still endorsed by the church as a chaplain, so maybe I did okay! I gave my best, trusted the spirit, and felt we all learned together… mostly I am glad that is finished, and Mary and I will find a way to celebrate tonight – one more stressor off the table.
“And more candles on the table, but not for setting fancy napkins on fire,” Mary says.
That girl, so funny.