Every fall, around the time of the feast day for St. Francis, our little Episcopalian church has a Blessing of the Animals service. Last year we missed it (can't remember why), but we were there this year. The service was held outside (good idea ^v^) and we had a chili dog supper after. It was so much fun. I loved seeing all the different kinds of critters folks brought to be blessed -- lots of pretty dogs and cats mostly -- along with the odd turtle or bunny. As you can imagine, it's pretty much total chaos, but in a good way.
Our Buddy is a pretty nice dog for the most part, but for some reason, he seems to think he's been appointed Boss of All Dogs. So sometimes he can bring a little shame on the family by fussing and ordering the other dogs around a little rudely. Here he is getting his blessing -- very serious business.
Isn't it strange that Mr. FC has gray hair and I don't?
Hee hee, I love the look on Bud's face here! What is that boy thinking about us crazy humans?
And Bubba the cat was up next. Bubba is the nicest cat I've ever known -- a true gentleman in every sense. Although, he is a very private kind of fellow and a pretty independent. If he wants to sit in your lap, it has to be his idea. If you do try to pick him up, you can just tell he's thinking, 'please do not touch me . . I will come to you of my own accord when, and if, I feel the need to be petted, held, etc. . . thank you very much.' So, you can imagine how thrilled he was about being held and touched (heaven forbid) by a stranger -- even a well intentioned one.
He squiggled and squirmed the entire time, and tried very hard to climb on top of my head (maybe that explains the wild hair - mine I mean?).
But Father Morris is very determined, so Bubba got his blessing right before making a daring escape.
And this reminds me (speaking of critters) . . . the other night we looked up in the early evening sky and saw what we thought were migrating geese. But after looking a little closer, we realized they were pelicans (actually Mr. FC realized) -- hundreds of them. I don't know why, but this surprised me. I never knew pelicans migrated, did you? And they were flying north? I don't know, maybe they were lost, or maybe they were just taking a little vacation before winter comes, you think?
Looks like they're trying to fly to the moon, doesn't it?
See, they do look like geese migrating, don't they?
Still learning something every day here.
Happy weekend to you!
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P. S. The Ysolda class was great! Be back soon with a little news about that and a couple of photos.
P.P.S. All photos from Blessing of the Animals taken by the very nice Linda G.