Things I’ve Been Learning Lately, vol. XXVI


Happy Friday!  It’s the weekend.  I hope you get a chance to relax.  You’ve earned it.

Is anybody else one thousand and one percent done with winter?  Every time it snows a little part of my soul shrivels and dies.  And then spring teases for a few days and warms up the temperatures and melts the snow and I become hopeful.  But then she disappears and winter reminds us that it’s still his season and dumps another half foot of snow.

OVER IT.  Give me spring, please.

It’s been a week.  The missionaries drove to Wheeling on Saturday for a weekend confirmation retreat (keynoted by Paul J Kim, beatboxer and co-emcee of NCYC 2015.  WHAT.), then we spent the next few days doing camp presentations at the area Catholic schools and putting on family nights at a few parishes.  Five and a half busy days away from home is hard.  But I’m back home, so life’s a little better.

Lesson time!

  • There’s nothing like giving up sugary drinks for Lent to make you realize how much some coffee just desperately needs sugar.
  • Sometimes you just need a margarita. Even during that aforementioned Lent that you gave up sugary drinks.  (It was on a Sunday; it’s okay.)
  • Nothing makes my introverted heart happier than having my own room at a hotel or retreat center while I’m on the road.
  • The word “café” means something entirely different in the northern panhandle of West Virginia. (It means a place with slot machines.  The missionaries learned that after a few unsuccessful attempts to find a place to get coffee and do work.)
  • The “no impulse buys” rule that I’ve imposed on myself during Lent doesn’t apply when I see a Catholic book that I must read.
  • Little kids are the funniest and the realest and they don’t even know it.
  • Losing a dog stinks. I never owned dogs growing up so I haven’t experienced it until now; our beloved camp dog passed away last week.  It still stings a bit.
  • Seeing new churches might be my favorite part of traveling around West Virginia.

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