Friday, August 14, 2009

A Life of Service

Children are often asked,
"What do you want to be when you grow up?"

My response to this question varied over the span of my childhood. Of course I wanted to be a ballerina, a teacher, a lawyer (!?!)...

But there was one response that I remember being very sincere and serious about:

I want to be a nun and have a castle with 20 orphans and lots of people to work in the yard.

This vision was laced with interesting ideas, huh? First of all, I grew up Methodist, I have attended a whopping total of 2 Catholic services, and I am now happily married, so the nun thing is out.

I won't even comment on the castle and yard workers thing...

But the orphans. Now that has some pull in my adult life. I still feel so drawn to children who need love, which is why this movie had me riveted to the TV screen last weekend:

If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. It's a 2003 film, so you won't find it in the new releases...

I marvel at people in the impoverished mission fields. Those who give up every worldly comfort to go out among the poor and destitute simply in order to serve.

Have a peace-filled, thought-provoking, reflective, productive, energizing weekend....


  1. I remember these days... I specifically remember your love of the nuns in Italy and how many photos we have of them.
    you should open a small orphanage. It would suit you and those children would be some of the luckiest in the world.

  2. I love hearing what people wanted to be when they were little. I wanted to be many things, including on of the flower fairies from Cicely Mary Barker, and my husband wanted to grow up to be Tarzan or a Cowboy.

  3. Look what I found! A blogger who lives right down the street from the once-home of the real Miss Rumphius! She's an illustrator and author, paints wonderful things, click on the link to see a photo of 'Miss Rumphius'' real house!

  4. For a long time I wanted to be a missionary nurse when I grew up. Over the years, I've wanted to be a lot of different things, but I've found that being a mom gives me opportunities to dabble in so many different areas (health, education, culinary, interior design, the arts, economics, psychology, etc. etc. etc. - but not for the love of money :)

    Hmmm - I'll have to try to get this movie thru Netflix.

  5. Yes, I remember, you also wanted to HOMeSchool all of the children you adopted...and seems there was something about a car lot?...Did I dream that part....Why am I thinking a car lot was a part of your castle with your many adopted, homeschooled children and the men who worked in the yard?....Lug, Mug


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