In our eighth grade writing class today we talked a little about endings. I began thinking about the expression - “Life is short.” I remembered an article I had read about just that topic, and thought I would use it for Wednesday Words. I didn’t quite get to writing this until much later in the day. In the meantime, Mr. Long and I went over to visit Monsignor Beattie. Monsignor is bedridden, but still as sharp as a tack, and we had a good visit. I began to wonder, does everyone think life is too short? I have known some people who were “ready to go”, but I’m not sure they thought that life was just the right length. More, I think they were tired and worn out from fighting illness or pain.
When I think about my own children, one of whom turns 41 today, I think that life was definitely short when they were all home with me, and I was fixing hot dogs and macaroni and cheese every other night. I look back and wish I had recognized how short that time would be. I might have stopped whatever I was doing, and played whenever one of the five asked, “Will you play with me?” I must admit there were times when I said I was too busy. I probably was pretty busy, but whatever I was doing couldn’t have been that important or I would remember. I would have paid closer attention to those long and incredibly detailed stories they told of a game at recess or an incident with a friend. I would have walked slower, and I would have read one more story or one more chapter at bedtime.
I have often said that my time at home with my children was the happiest time of my life. I have also often said that working at Lourdes, and getting to spend time with your children has given me the opportunity to pay more attention, to play more, and to listen more carefully, because here we are not in a hurry. We’re in the business of listening to, playing with, teaching and laughing with children. What a great business it is.
“”When you have small children, there are lots of moments so perfect that you can’t help but notice.”
Dates to Remember:
8 Stations of the Cross, 10:00am
9 Mass at noon
Drama Production - “Peter Pan”, 7pm
10 Drama Production - “Peter Pan”, 7pm
Altar Server training, 2 - 4 pm in the church
13 7th and 8th Grade to Brain Presentation Field Trip
14 Principal Search Committee Meeting, 6:30pm
15 Stations of the Cross, 10am
16 Mass at noon
21 8th grade Confirmation Retreat, 8:30 - 3:00
22 Stations of the Cross, 1:30pm
23 End of Third Quarter
Mass at noon
26 Spring Uniforms
28 Report Cards available online
29 Holy Thursday, Dismissal at 12:10pm
Easter Break begins
April 9 SCHOOL RESUMES, 8:00am
Mrs. McGann, Principal
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