May Processions

In September 1959, 52 little babies came together and bonded into a family. Over the next eight years we trembled, and cried, and had accidents, and tested boundaries, and laughed, and grew, and rejoiced and practiced ceremonies that would last as memories throughout our lifetime. No matter how we changed, our roots ran deep. No matter how many times we searched for new meaning, our roots ran deep. No matter how many times we questioned, we remained faithful. Faithful to ourselves, faithful to each other and faithful to what we had learned even when we did not know it.

We are the St. Mary's Fairies. We became known as that when out parochial school took on the religious education for the Catholic children in the town. Although it would not be allowed now, the children in public school came to our parochial school on Friday afternoons and were taught religious education by the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Of course, we got to go home for the afternoon on Fridays and took great pleasure in that. However, as we crossed in front of the public schools on our walk home, we were taunted with shouts of "Saint Mary's Fairie's" . We learned to use those words as a banner of endearment amongst ourselves and would not want to be called anything less!

This weekend, 10 of us got together on Cape Cod and enjoyed story telling, a few fresh antics, some lovely talk, picture taking and eating. Oh yes we ate and ate until we could eat no more then we ate again! Our handsome, lifelong friend, family member undertaker was in charge of picture taking, and although he was a "pfk" (public school kid) we dubbed him honorary fairy! His wife was Queen of the May!

The weekend ended with a May Procession. I can't tell you why it happened, but it did and it was just as we had remembered it to be. Our voices weren't as angelic, our faces neither for that matter, and we weren't as agile and fluid as we once were, but our hearts were more reverent. We were rooted in what we knew and after 52 years, we were commemorating what we had done for the first time all those years ago.




52 years, 52 children, 52 hearts remembered by 10 old ladies who were young .....once more.
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9 comments:

Susan said...

Donna, you certainly have a gift for writing. Have you thought of churning out a bestseller - maybe about the adventures of the Fairies!! You could make up all sorts of stuff (not all made up - just embellishing the adventures of some). You'd be the next JK Rowling or Stephanie Meyer - please, no vampire fairies.

Rosie said...

Donna. the blog was beautiful

Rosemary said...

Oh, Donna!
That was absolutely beautiful! I'm still wiping away the tears.
Fairy Hugs:)
Rosemary

Michele said...

BEAUTIFUL JOB..YOU ARE SO TALENTED!

Barbie said...

Your thoughts and words are exquisite! Thanks for sharing!

Linda said...

as I said, you are eloquent....

Beth said...

Hi,
I looked at the pix on my laptop so I could see it better. I can't identify everyone......you will need to help me. The Blog was just beautiful. Donna is very gifted. Your group has so many talented women! The Sisters of St. Joseph would be proud of you all.
Beth

Ellie said...

Such a heartfelt expression of what we've all had in our hearts and minds... thank you, Donna,for giving voice to our St Mary's Fairies spirit...

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Now ... that must have been one heck of a reunion! I can imagine the chatter and smiles! Hugs xxaxx