Good questions


Girl one:

Is it lice season?  Her voice is anxious, her eyes nervous.

I don’t know. Do lice have seasons?

I just found a piece of something white in my hair. It was this big. She shoved a piece of lined notebook paper at me. A dot the size of an aspirin had been scribbled down in bright red pen. I didn’t know what it was so I threw it in the fire and burned it, but I made a picture so you could see.

I began checking the base of her neck and behind her ears.

It was in my bangs. I found it in my bangs, she said desperate.

No lice, I said soon enough. Her breathing and heart rate began their return to normal.


Girl two at bed time:

Are there nuns in our country?


In our country?


Good. I want to be a nun.

That’s nice.

She smiled dreamy then frowned.

But there is a problem, she said in a lowered voice.  She furrowed her eye brows.

What is the problem?

I’m going to be a figure skater. Her mouth drooped heavily.

Why don’t you be a figure skating nun, I say delighted with the picture in my mind of skater in full habit with wimple gliding past a tights and tutu girl to start her long program . Girl two’s eyes brightened with joy.

That’s perfect, she said, a broad smile filling her face. She crossed her arms content. That’s exactly what I’ll do.


8 Comments to Good questions

  1. Christine says:

    Love it!

  2. Esther J Cann says:

    I would really love to see a picture of that nun too! …no, not a picture, the real event!

  3. Dee says:

    I hope to be around in 10 or 15 years to see her in the Olympics, wimple and habit and all.

    • Michelle says:

      That would be the best Olympics EVER. (And you better be around here then, or I’ll bring her over to skate on your grave in her habit.)

  4. Jane Parker says:

    Sounds like further progress on my prayer for Girl 2.

  5. Leslie Lynch says:

    You make me smile. Every day. :-) What wonderful images.

  6. Dale Sipple says:

    So sweet! So funny!

  7. Kat says:

    I am friends with a few Nuns – what beautiful women! Long story but I can still picture Sister Philomena swinging on the school yard swingset with her habit blowing and the biggest smile on her face. To me your little one being a figure skating nun really isn’t a stetch at all! (side note I run a girls club at our Church and I am going to ask the sisters to come visit and teach the girls about their vocation)