Friday, December 3, 2010

And


Shocking, I know, but I have somewhat of a Mary shrine going on in my closet-turned-prayer room. Each morning while STM is slaving away making umpteen pieces of bacon for a very hyper fourteen-year-old, I am "busy" praying in my closet with the perfect cup of coffee. It's a rough life.

Today Rojo burst through the door to the closet, with Flicka, blew out all the candles, sang three rounds of "Deck the halls with boughs of jolly," literally jumped up and down for five minutes, then stole a glance at the Mary statue I have on my altar and asked, "Is that the virgin and Mary?"

The virgin AND Mary.

I quickly said yes just to get him on his way, but then as I resumed heaven within the sanctuary of the closet, and he resumed being STM's early morning problem, I reflected on that.

We are all so many things, it's hard to classify us, isn't it? And so often what we are is conflicting. Just this week someone said to me, "Being a liberal like you are..." and someone else said, "She's a conservative, like you." Two people that know me well, with very different views of my views. I have very different views of my views, too. Lots of "ands." I am this AND I am that.

Holding all the various parts of ourselves, giving each a turn without letting any one aspect take over, is a challenge.

AND, we can do it.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great post Carrie.

I'd never thought about how important "and" was.

xo

MO'N

Jerri said...

Things get tricky when "and" enters the picture. We all want simple answers, but "and" complicates things so. And enriches them, of course.

Deb Shucka said...

All those shades of gray. NEHBM of your ability to hear Rojo's wisdom in the midst of all the chaos.

Wanda said...

Oh, yes...AND another thing....

jess said...

OMHOG this is HUGENORMOUS in my world right now. AND. Yup. Or can kiss my @ss. Thank you, Rojo.

Suzy said...

Lots of "ands"....

Love you

Suzy

Amber said...

Soooooo many archetypes in each little one of us! That is what keeps the soup spicey.



:)

Jane goodwin said...

I love this, so perfect, The Virgin and Mary. We are so this and that, and it's mostly all story anyway, I mean what others perceive us to be, even what we perceive ourselves to me. I love it even more that "ding" the bell just went off and I think you are hystercal. I love that you pray in your closet...is that a metaphor? I love you dear cuz.

Ask Me Anything said...

Awesome. Insight.