Sunday, November 19, 2006
Kitties and Babies
photo by Chris Mobley
As my latest entry in the Cutest Photographs in an Episcopalian Blog competition, I offer the above photo of my darling granddaughter, Evelyn Sarah Mobley, daughter of Tara Mobley (who comments here on occasion), in an encounter with the Family Pet. I can’t remember the name of the cat; I guess I am a bad abuelo. (I have some other photos with that strange toy mariposa in them, and I must say, that toy's face is just a bit troubling). Kitties and Babies, Bunnies and Iguanas, and, coming soon, Darling Puppies!
The past two days have been very busy. Much of yesterday was spent preparing for today’s activity: the parish Harvest Thanksgiving Service and Thanksgiving Luncheon. When we first arrived at the church, there was a small crisis since no one had signed Official Papers at Instituto Episcopal San Cristóbal, the school associated with our parish, and the site of today’s Thanksgiving Luncheon. Since no Official Papers had been signed, there was a small dispute as to whether we could hold the event there. Fortunately, the Directora of the school appeared and we apologised and straightened things out. We also supplied the necessary chairs for the event. Mona and I had rehearsal with the Coro de Jovenes, and then we went grocery shopping. Once we returned home, I invested several hours in roasting a turkey (one of five donated for the luncheon by various parishioners). Senorita Chompita Wiggletail, the Cutest Dog in All the Americas was very interested in the turkey roasting, in fact, she kept watch in the kitchen throughout the evening. She was very disappointed when I carved the bird and all the meat went into the refrigerator without any for her bowl! Well, actually, a little bit went into her bowl, but not as much as she believes is her due. She’ll just have to wait until Thursday.
Our Harvest Thanksgiving Service was wonderful. The Altar Guild decorated the church with fresh vegetables and fruits, with a beautiful display in front of the altar. Padre Cáceres, assisting priest of the parish, was the preacher and did a wonderful job, as always. It was very nice to have both the Adult Choir and the Coro de Jovenes singing together. It was a bilingual service, and I am very proud of the fact that our congregation is able to move between english and español in a very smooth manner without the awkwardness which is so often a part of bilingual liturgies. We had many visitors this morning, including four women with the organization Heart to Heart from New York City. After the Mass we all walked across the street to IESC and had a wonderful luncheon with turkey, chicken, ham, rice and beans, several salads, platinos de tentación, and pumpkin pie and cakes for dessert. We must have had two hundred fifty people enjoying lunch and fellowship. I should have some photos by late tomorrow.
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