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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Unin'Habit'ed


Sisters
Also a Sister







In our church, everyone is addressed either as 'Brother' or 'Sister'.
It gives a fun, family feel to the congregation.
And to the whole 'attending church' scenario.
It was something I was raised with.
Women my Mom's age were Sisters.
Men were Brothers.
Life was simple.
Moving forward twenty years.
Still attending church.
Still addressing each other as either Brother or Sister.
But now, there was a new generation, calling me Sister.
I should point out, here, that when you work in the children's organization, or Primary, you instantly gain rock-star status if your class members meet you outside of church.
Hence, you can be wandering in the mall and a young voice will scream out, "Mom, look! It's Sister Tolley!"
And I do mean scream.
Back to my story . . .
One day, I was shopping with my children, plus a few.
Because who wants to go shopping with just your family?
A cry suddenly rattled the rafters of the local Safeway.
"Sister Tolley! I didn't know you shopped here, too! Look! Look! It's Sister Tolley!"
And then a chorus of "Hi, Sister Tolley!" "Sister Tolley, look what I'm wearing!" And the all-important, "Sister Tolley, look what I can do!"
It was adorable.
I oohed and aahed over their clothes and accomplishments and our two groups separated, intent once more on whatever it was that had originally brought us into the store.
One of the boys who had come along for the amazing experience of shopping with two parents and ten children turned to my son and whispered, loudly, "Wow! I didn't know your Mom was a nun!"
Okay. Not something you hear every day.
Or ever.

7 comments:

  1. Haha! This made me smile out loud. Thanks for that.

    Mary
    #AtoZChallenge F is for Fitzgerald

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  2. "Not something you hear every day. Or ever."
    Hee hee! Yep :)

    Ten children on a shopping trip? I bow down to you, woman.

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  3. Big smiles. And surviving a shopping trip with ten children is positively saintly.

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  4. I don't know alot about different religions because there was only one kind were I grew up and I haven't gone back since, but what you describe sounds wonderful.

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  5. As a born and raised Catholic, I can totally appreciate this story. I barely survived shopping with two kids!

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  6. I wonder where he thought your family fitted into the picture if you were a nun? Kids come to interesting conclusions don't they?

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  7. Little kids' total lack of inhibition can send you off on a bit of a tangent. Seeing you in a different place is completely redundant when kids have something to say or show you. I'll never forget my granddaughter seeing me then rushing up and proudly proclaiming: "Papa, I pee'd in the toilet, all by myself!" at my brother-in-law's wedding reception.

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