Sunday, March 8, 2015

Sadie's Invitation to Meet the Pope

The other day I grabbed the mail out of our mailbox and started towards the kitchen when Sadie spotted a piece of mail in my hand and her little eyes opened wide and she gasped before excitedly asking "What is that?"

I paused and looked down at the envelopes in my hand and saw this:

"Oh... it's a letter...." I said lamely, knowing that she was going to be certain that what is essentially a fundraising letter was an invitation from the Pope himself to attend the World Meeting of the Families.
"What does it say?!?!" She said, pointing to the red words.
"Enclosed is your personal invitation to attend Pope Francis' historic visit to America."  I replied, sighing.
"Are we going?!?!?!" She said, bouncing towards the kitchen after me.  There may have been squealing.  There was definitely giggling.
"Um. I'm not sure."

Now I would love to go.  I really, really would.  But with the babies and the various issues that make it very hard to leave them with just about anybody I don't see it being in the cards for us.

Sadie, however, followed me into the kitchen and begged me to open the letter.  I had the distinct feeling that she was imagining it the scene from Cinderella when the invitation arrives from the palace for the ball.  Then she stood at my elbow and begged me to read the pages that fell out of the envelope when I opened it.

I read it to her and then explained that the people who sent the letter were fundraising for the event.  She was undettered.

And I should probably now keep a closer eye on both our suitcases and Paul's paychecks because the child is ready to go to Philadelphia, right this second, to meet the Pope.


  1. Haha! Now that is an adorable story! Good luck with that!

  2. That girl! I'm sure she think the invitation means you, Paul and all the kids will be sitting down with Pope Francis himself for lunch at a Philly restaurant, just chatting him up! A chance to meet the Pope! Mom, what about that makes you want to say no????????

    She cracks me up, but she's so adorable, her innocence and goodness is so evident. Sweet memories.
    God bless. ~ Bonnie

    1. I think you're right! I could just see the wheels turning in her head and knew that nothing I could say would change her mind because she was absolutely convinced!

  3. Oh that is so sweet. Some kids dream of stowing away to Disney, Sadie wants to stow away to Pope Francis. It will be so interesting to see what her vocation turns out to be.

    1. Thank you! I'm so curious about that same thing. She's been interested in so many things, but when I ask her what she wants to be when she grows up, even when she hasn't mentioned the word "nun" in months it always comes back to that. I'm so curious to see if it ends up truly being where she's called!


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