Seven Quick Takes Friday

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It’s pretty bad that I only write Quick Takes and the occasional What I Wore Sunday. I call it “better blogging through linkups.” I just can’t bring myself to spend time writing. I have so much else to do and not much to say.

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We were supposed to have our office Lenten retreat today, but it was cancelled because of an impending ice storm. The storm came, but our office didn’t close, so I have to work today anyway.

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Something random that I’ve been thinking about: I love my pets and nurture and treat them like family, but I’m not their mother. I don’t want to be offensive to people who feel this way about their pets, but I also don’t want to be reduced to being only the mother of someones of a different species than I am. Pets can never learn to read, they don’t learn to clean up after themselves, they don’t learn to worship God and help their fellow beings. They don’t grow up and become contributing members of society. I want to raise children, God willing, who learn and become these things. I want to mother humans, not animals. I realize that they will be dependent upon me, even more dependent than pets are at first. But what an awesome responsibility to care for someone who is in the image and likeness of God.

NOT children

NOT children

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The Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference is tomorrow and I’m so excited to be attending. We’re going to have some great speakers: Fr. Leo Patalinghug, Suzanne Fowler of the Light Weigh (whose program has helped me lose about 20 pounds), and some of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist (who also happen to teach at my parish school). Bishop Campbell will celebrate Mass and the Reconciliation talk will be given by Fr. Stash Dailey, our former Associate Pastor.

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Because I’m going to the Catholic Women’s Conference tomorrow, my weekly schedule is all messed up. I have to do laundry and grocery shopping tonight. I’ll have to clean the bathrooms tomorrow in the evening. The thing I am most stressed about is the grocery shopping. I usually go on Saturday morning, just as the stores are opening. I don’t like crowds. It’s silly but I have a lot of anxiety about grocery shopping. I don’t like the pushing and shoving. I don’t like talking to strangers. I don’t like the time it takes, especially since I have started my gluten- and dairy-free diet. I have to read labels, find the best prices, and make sure I get the right amount of everything. It’s exhausting.

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I got new tires on my car last weekend. What an expense, but what a relief! I definitely feel like I had a safer drive this morning because my tires weren’t all slippery.

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Have a great weekend and may God bless you!

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12 thoughts on “Seven Quick Takes Friday

  1. Hi Jeanne, Cute bunnies! But yeah, not the same as people. It’s always annoying when people say, “We want to have kids eventually, but we’re starting off with a dog.” Or something like that. It is NOT the same!

    My dad is a veterinarian, and working for him showed me how crazy it is when people DO think of pets as their children. But some people have been so hurt by others in the past, or just have such a hard time socially, that you can see why they prefer the company of animals. Sad.

    And re: the dust bunny challenge: it’s ON. 😉

    • I do sometimes prefer the company of animals 😉 but I can never expect the same connection from them as I can have with a human being.

  2. Jeanne,

    Since you are going to the CCWC please write an entry about the conference this is the first of probably many I will miss now that I do not live in Ohio. It was always fun when I went because I could go to different booths and get more information about what is going on in the Catholic World.

    As to your little bit about Pets, I second your motion. I know a few, no many who consider that their children are their pets. You described my sentiments better than I would have put them. I love the pets I had the privilege of being around, but they could never be my children.

    Take care,

  3. Sweet bunnies! I had some Dutch Lops in my childhood, they were lovely things.

    But no, not children (despite my joke of last Sunday). I look forward in hope to a future in which there are small creatures in my life who might– just someday– be able to learn not to carry their dinner to the rug before eating it.

    Thank you for your prayers!

    • Thank you. They are all rescued, and all mixed breeds, although you can see April is mostly dutch. I look forward to small creatures in my life who will learn not to throw hay all over the place 🙂

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