*(which is about as many as would see it anyway--let's be real!)
Okay, speed is of utmost importance today, so these Takes are going to be Quick, Quick, Quick!
here, if you're interested in seeing some photos of the tall, strapping young lad of whom I'm so inordinately proud (and his pathetic mother, with her swollen eyes and puffy face--I swear, it looks marginally better when I'm not weeping uncontrollably).
When I was in the midst of helping him re-pack for his big European trip, I noticed a plastic shopping bag with wadded up newspapers in it sitting there amdist the piles of wrinkly clothing, and I asked if it was garbage. "Oh, yeah--I forgot! That's your gift," he said. (There is a very good chance that if I hadn't noticed the bag, he would have completely forgotten, in the excitement of packing, all about the belated Mother's Day gift he was planning to give me. If that seems unbelievable to you, then you haven't raised a house full of sons. A daughter would have had the gift all boxed up and beautifully wrapped--with a bow even, perhaps. And it probably would have been the first thing she unpacked when she got home. A son, although well-meaning, is not as details-oriented.)
So I unwrapped the newspaper and beheld a beautiful porcelain statue of St. Patrick...only he'd been beheaded. My son was dismayed, and he looked at the broken statue in shock, wondering how in the WORLD this could have happened. I mean, that fragile statue was loosely wrapped in newspaper and stuffed in a plastic bag, then crammed into a small, soft-sided carry-on bag filled with DVD's and books, and then the carry-on bag was stuffed into a crowded overhead compartment on an airplane. (Indeed, how in the world do these things HAPPEN, I ask you?)
My poor baby; he felt awful. But I assured him it was a clean break at the neck, and that it was nothing a little glue wouldn't take care of. It really does look as good as new--even on close inspection, it's hard to tell that it was ever broken. I love it, as I love all things Irish-themed and saints-themed. I'll cherish it even more when I remember how my son carried it lovingly (his version, anyway) home from school to make me happy on Mother's Day.
Which brings to mind this funny headline (a joke, perhaps?) and accompanying photo that made the Internet rounds a few years back:
CROWDS PANIC AS FLOODS THREATEN IRELAND
Under the photo was this news flash: "This award-winning photo of the recent flood waters rising in Ireland captures the horror and suffering there. Keep these people in your prayers."
You gotta love the Irish. You do!
If you want to read a wee bit more about this Irishman, here's a post about him, written back when this blog was but knee high to a grasshopper.
Warning! Warning! Here comes the shameless plug!
Okay, you can't say you haven't been warned. But if you'd like to get to know this quirky and charming Irish dad better, along with his five tall, handsome sons (I wonder who inspired those guys!), his long-suffering daughter, and the two boys--one a friend, one a love interest--who play such an important role in her life, you should get yourself a copy of Finding Grace. (And if you'd like to save on the Amazon retail price, contact me. I can give you a better deal!)
I want to take this opportunity to thank my friends Erica over at Boys, Books, and Balls, and Sarah Therese over at Footprints on My Heart, for giving FG some recent shout-outs on their blogs. I've said this before, but I'll say it again: one of the greatest outcomes of having my book published and subsequently endeavoring to find a market for it is that I've "met" some of the most wonderful, generous, helpful women. They may be only "on-line friends," but I consider them friends nonetheless! Thanks so much to these fellow bloggers and to others out there who have been kind enough to help me with my promotion efforts.
And speaking of books, I'm really excited to read Jen Fulwiler's book about her conversion from atheism to Catholicism, which is going to be published by Ignatius Press this fall or next spring. If you're a follower of Conversion Diary, you know just what a great writer Jen is (and so funny, too). I can't wait to hear her whole story.
Now head on over to the link-up, for Jen's Takes...and 103 others! (AARRGGHH!! By the time I post this, I'll probably be #150!)
For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!