Saturday, June 4, 2011

Sabbath Moments - Goldilocks and the Three Gray Hairs

Sabbath Moments is a weekly meme hosted by Colleen at Thoughts on Grace. These are the moments when
 we "let go and let God" and live in the present moment, opening our eyes to the gifts surrounding us.

Cardinals are one of my favorite kinds of birds and we have a whole family of them living right next to us! I see these beautiful creatures almost everyday. They "hang out" on the telephone wires outside of our condo. One is particularly beautiful but I haven't been able to snap a picture of him yet. I'm not much of a photographer.

I love watching my daughter take Communion. After she receives she stands there and makes the Sign of the Cross so reverentially that I can't help but smile even if she IS holding up the line. Thursday was the 4th Communion she's received and though she fidgets during Mass she's always perfect during Consecration and Communion.

Speaking of pictures, I sort of "fixed" my hair woes ;)  Not perfectly, but it's better!

Yikes!! Just call me Scary Mary!
Hmmm...I'm getting better at this hair fixing stuff!

Getting better!

I could handle this.

My hair anthem that I wrote last year (to be sung to the melody of the National anthem) :

O say, can you see
My hair's brand new highlights
That so proudly I share
They're so bright and so gleaming
Please ignore the red flare!
And the orange in there!
Gave proof to my plight
The gray flags were still there
O say do those stiff gray wires yonder yet wave
In the hair that's now lice free
On the head I may shave

The lice thing is a whole other story  (snicker!) We can blame Noah for that one. Noah's wife was a bit hard of hearing and when he told her to grab two mice she grabbed two lice instead. The rest is history. Especially if you don't homeschool.


  1. Mary! I love your take on the National Anthem!!!!!I can't stop laughing!!!!!

    Wonderful! And you look so cute!!

  2. LOL! Loved the hair "anthem." I'm only 36, but the whiskers on my chin have already begun going gray (yet a further incentive to stay clean shaven!). Oh well, it happens to us all, unless they can invent a way to prevent hair from graying...

    Glad to hear your daughter is learning to respect and appreciate the Eucharist. :-)

  3. Great photos. Not as bad as you first described.

    We don't have cardinals in the UK.

    Like the comment about Noah's wife.

    God bless.

  4. Mary, your hair looks fine to me! Cardinals are one of my favorite birds, too. They sing so beautifully. We have a bunch of them around our yard and I think they have a nest in one of our trees. Spring just isn't spring without those lovely red birds!

  5. Thanks DG,
    I darkened my hair so it wouldn't look so frightful. It looks much better now! I wrote the hair anthem last year during another hair mishap :)

  6. Victor,
    Yes, it was as bad as I described :) I didn't put up a picture of what it looked like right after I got home from the salon because I am too vain and looked like a hag (lol)! I repaired the color a bit first. Even the first picture is after an attempt at darkening it with a rinse-in color. I found another product that toned it down even more and now I quite like it :)
    Cardinals are one of my favorite birds, they are bright red or orange in color and sooo pretty!
    God bless you, Victor!

  7. Barb,
    Thanks, they have lots of products out to fix hair now. I used both a brass reducer and a wash-in color to fix it and I like it much better now.

    You're right about the cardinals! They are so pretty and I love their singing!

  8. Evan,
    My husband is 43 and he's getting some gray whiskers too! Glad you enjoyed the hair anthem - I always think a humorous approach at life's little mishaps pleases God more than getting upset.
    Evan, I shouldn't probably tell you this but my husband plucks out the gray hairs on his chest before he goes to the beach (hee! hee!) and I'm not sure that's going to work for him this year. Lol! I guess even men can be a bit vain!

  9. I love cardinals. Beautiful. Love your pictures and your hair anthem. Glad you like your hair better now. :)

  10. Thanks, Colleen :) God's probably wondering why I don't just leave my hair alone. LOL! By the time the beach gets done with it it'll be white again!

  11. "Noah's wife was a bit hard of hearing and when he told her to grab two mice she grabbed two lice instead. The rest is history. Especially if you don't homeschool."
    I love this Mary. We do homeschool but unfortunately we still know all about lice. I wrote something about that once... great topic for a post!

  12. You too, huh? Those are miserable little beasties! There was an epidemic at my daughter's school and unfortunately she with her long hair was one of the unlucky ones. The school nurse called them "people fleas" (snicker)! Did you write about it on your blog? I'd like to read it! I wrote about it last year and we were so frazzled by how tough it was to get rid of those things :)

  13. Thanks for the smile. We have a very elderly man in our church who does (what seems like) the same thing your daughter does after receiving the Eucharist. It is one of the most moving and inspiring things I see in Mass - and it teaches me to stop and appreciate what I am doing in that moment.

    God Bless you!

  14. You're welcome, Michael :) When I was a kid we went to a Church that still had altar rails and when I made my 1st Communion we all knelt there. They didn't do it every week however because it was in the seventies and post Vatican II. I always thought kneeling to receive was very reverential and I wouldn't mind seeing it come back. I like to see people, like the elderly man in your comment, show outward signs of the importance of Communion :)

  15. Awww Mary lovely photos dear one. Beautiful smile. God is shining right through you. Blessings.

  16. Thanks, JBR :) I hope you're doing well, my friend! Hugs!!

  17. Mary, Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I once had a daughter get chicken lice from playing with a bird's nest. Boy oh boy was that ever hard to get rid of, but in the end, I believe it was heaven sent, and that IS a story for another day!
    Love your blog, and can't wait to get reading more! Blessings, Megan

  18. Hi Megan,
    I never heard of chicken lice but they don't sound any easier to get rid of than the regular kind (lol)! I hope I get to hear the story at some point :)

    I really enjoyed visiting your blog and am looking forward to reading more posts! God bless!

  19. Such courage to color your hair...I can't even get it cut without regrets. Love the song...At our house we make up a lot of silly songs, mostly having to do with our cats and their very bad habits. Did the lice when I taught elementary school, but middle school is less louse-y, more hair products and all....

  20. Mary,
    I know you hate going to get your hair cut :) Are you still snipping it at the computer? Now THAT'S courage (lol)! Glad middle school is less louse-y ;)

  21. Mary, you have beautiful hair! Loved the lyrics :-)

  22. Thank you, Esther :) I went to Confession today and guess what I forgot to confess? Vanity, of all things! Lol!

  23. This post MADE MY DAY!
    You are LOVELY.
    Your humor is a delight!
    And, I am sitting on my porch singing your "anthem" now:)

  24. Thank you, Judy :) I tend to be a bit (errrr...a lot) silly - compliments of my Dad who has this tendency! My whole family is a bit silly if I'm being honest! Glad you enjoyed the hair anthem!

  25. Mary, you look great!!! I love your hair! And the anthem is awesome :)

  26. Thanks, Kathryn! Took a bit of work though!