Mother’s Day

This afternoon, my dear brother (who we will call Crackers for kicks and giggles in this post) called me to ask me what to get the World’s Greatest Mother (Hi, Momsy!) for Mother’s Day. Incidentally, I had just texted the World’s Greatest Mother (WGM) on Thursday or Friday to ask her that same question. WGM told me what she wanted and then suggested that I speak with the Paterfamilias about the subject. I haven’t spoken to the Paterfamilias about this yet, but regardless, I’m planning on getting her what she asked for (because, you know, she asked for it and I believe in giving people what they ask for) and this card because I’m kind of a jerk on my days off.

But I really do appreciate both the fact that WGM gave birth to me and the fact that she raised me. I mean, she put up with me when I was 13, and I don’t know about you but I was a major pain when I was 13 and if I’m being honest, my parents should probably get an all-expenses-paid month-long vacation in the Bahamas (or something like that) for putting up with me at the age of 13.

Regardless, Crackers didn’t want to get WGM what she told me that she wanted. See, she wants a gift card, and he wants something that he can buy off Amazon and have shipped to her. And I understand that. It’s nice to have a THING to give someone, and it’s easier to buy something from Amazon instead of sending your sister money so she can buy a gift card. But I also know that WGM knows that Crackers and I love her. She doesn’t need any THING to tell her that. I’m pretty sure that a card with a nice note will suffice. But since we want to give her something, she wants a gift card. And if that’s what she wants, that’s what she gets.

For me, Mother’s Day is about honoring your mother for all that she has done for you. And the best way to honor someone is to thank them for what they’ve done for you and to recognize them what they’ve done. Aside from using your words, the best way to do that is to give them what they want (within reason, of course), not to give them what you want them to want. If WGM wants a gift card, then a gift card shall she get…and a card thanking her for everything she does for us.

But if he really wants to get her something, maybe Crackers should get her this.

P.S. Momsy, thanks for putting up with me. I don’t say that enough, but you really are the World’s Greatest Mom.

Two Beautiful Gifts

Tomorrow, Mother Church gives her children an amazing gift, two amazing gifts really. Tomorrow, Sunday, April 27, we will receive the gifts of the canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. And I, for one, am extremely grateful and extremely excited.

“I plead with you–never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.” 

John Paul II was the Pope of my childhood. He became Pope about ten years before I was born, and he passed away about three months before my seventeenth birthday. I am the only member of my immediate family to have never seen him in person. He was an accepted fact of my Catholic upbringing. He was just always there.

And I loved him. As a child, I didn’t understand him yet, but I loved him. At first, I loved him because he was the Pope and that was the thing you were supposed to do as a good Catholic kid. And as I grew older and could understand his message, I loved him for who he was rather than what he was. I don’t know that there were specific things that he said that stuck out to me, but I remember being struck by his travels and by the love that I saw in his actions.

In 2002, my older brother went to World Youth Day in Toronto. Back at home, we occasionally saw bits about WYD on the news, and I was struck by how happy John Paul II looked when he was with his “dear young people.” These people loved him, and he loved them. He wanted to be with them.

The thing that I remember most clearly, however, is the end of his life. Even as he was dying, John Paul II, our Papa, wanted to be with his people. Even when he couldn’t speak, he still wanted to see his people and encourage them by his presence. He was dying. It was Holy Week. And he was showing us by his example how to love others-and in that, he was showing us both how to live and how to die.

And on the Saturday after Easter, April 2, 2005, he left us. He went home to the house of the Father. But he left us an amazing legacy. He traveled to the ends of the earth to see his people. He canonized 110 Saints. He gave us 14 encyclicals. And he loved us.

For me, looking back, his two greatest lessons are his love of people and his constant reminder to us to BE NOT AFRAID. Above all, that is his legacy in my eyes.

Prayer is the raising of the mind to God.
We must always remember this.
The actual words matter less.

Pope John XXIII died more than twenty years before I was born. In my life, his primary legacy is the Second Vatican Council. I’ve only read one of his encyclicals, but I know that I need to change that. From what I know of him, I know that I am grateful to see him formally canonized tomorrow.

I am excited to see these two Princes of the Church honored tomorrow. And I am so grateful to God for giving them to His Church and to Mother Church for honoring them.

A (Very) Brief Update

I’ve been gone from the blog since mid-February. I’m not entirely sure what all of my reasons for that are, but it is what it is. I have been busy with work and a few other things. (I went to Jamaica, for example.) But suffice it to say, I’ve been more than a bit remiss in my blogging.

I’m not entirely sure how to fill in the gaps. My knitting life hasn’t been terribly productive of late. I have been knitting, but I don’t have much to show off at the moment.

The only thing that I can really show off at the moment is my recently published pattern Oliver. Oliver, which I published in late February, is the final piece of my Swan Thieves collection. I’m pretty proud of Oliver, and I really like the pattern. In fact, I like it so much that I knitted it twice. I’m only posting pictures of the second time at the moment, but I might actually get around to showing off the first one (which I actually finished in early January) at some point. Photo on 4-5-14 at 5.24 PM Photo on 4-5-14 at 5.25 PM Photo on 4-5-14 at 5.25 PM #2I’m hoping to resume blogging with more regularity at some point in the not-too-distant future. But for now, I’ll say that I’m busy but happy at the moment.