Question for the Catholics*
August 24, 2007 10:33 AM
From NBS's sister (also a perpetually irked Episcopalian), who was dropping her son off for his first day of kindergarten at Catholic school. During the big first-day-of-school-drop-off, this little episode occurred in the parking lot. It involves my two-year old niece:
...This part of the parking lot included a small rock garden with a statue of Mary. Mary had been decorated with a wilted and ancient daisy chain and gold pipe cleaner wreath. After redirecting Gracie from the construction trailer, she and I were discussing the merits of putting the shiny white rocks carefully down on the ground rather than practicing her forearm when she spotted Mary. Mary and Gracie were pretty much eyeball to eyeball, and Gracie wanted that beautiful crown.
When Gracie realized that Mary was neither going to hand it over nor attempt to stop her, Gracie grabbed for the crown. Then Gracie started either hugging Mary or tugging her up out of the ground so that she could carry the big dolly. (You can make your own assumptions about Gracie's plans). All this seemed like fairly normal behaviour, but deferring to unknown Catholic sensibilities I ran interference.
So does it offend Catholics for toddlers to play with/manhandle/attempt to carry around Mary or is it more offensive to hear a hot, tired, cranky mother saying "Stop that"?
Readers, what say you? It is okay to maul Mary?
*By which of course I mean Roman Catholics. As Anglicans, we are, of course, catholic.
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