In my weekly column at Today’s Catholic Woman, I share the story behind Our Lady of Charity, who the Cubans fondly call Cachita. I can’t help but reflect how nicknaming works with the people I love, and of course with that four-year-old in my house. Blogging has allowed me to get creative with people’s names, not knowing how much they want out there for the world to see, and in doing that, I’ve learned a lot about
You can tell a lot about a person by their nicknames, can’t you? Cachita is someone I cuddle up with, someone I walk with, someone I talk to regularly. Giving her a nickname makes her more approachable, but it also reminds me that she’s human. Just like me. (And yet, so very much not like me.)
Over at Faith & Family Live, I have some reflections about Mary’s birthday and a bit of the story of what we know about her birth. Did you know that Anne and Joachim, Mary’s parents, were childless until late in life? Have you heard the story of how Mary’s first steps were at the Temple? What does the feast of her birth, which we celebrate today, mean in your life?
As a disclaimer, our Labor Day did not involve a backhoe, due to some last minute changes in plan. That was just as well, though we did get dirty with a clean-up project. My husband, who keeps hero status for at least another month for this idea, built a little fire and we roasted weenies and marshmallows at the end of the day yesterday.
Have I ever told you that reading your blog, links and all, is like having coffee with a really good friend? So refreshing! I have a feeling hanging with Mary in person would be the same – it already feels like it in prayer.
Thank you!!! Off to read now… 🙂
You are a ray of sunshine in my combox, and I always smile when I see your name here. Thank you for being the friend that accompanies my cup of coffee.
Hearing you on the first episode of Catholic Vitamins was great, btw. It gave me a voice to go with the happiness you spread around the blogosphere.
Keep up the great work, sistah! 🙂