Mass was actually very beautiful, and I'm very glad that we went, but there were a few minor hiccups.
(Wait a minute. Have we MET?! There were a few majorly catastrophic hicups, and the shame and humiliation of them will follow me to my death.)
(Which will probably happen prematurely because I am a nutjob of epic proportions and can stress myself into a stroke with the best of them, or my poor old broken down porty body will finally once and for all say "Eh...screw it" and give up the ghost.)
Error #1: wardrobe.
Rich, of course, looked completely dashing in black slacks and a black golf shirt. I (you guessed it) looked like a total schlumpadink in my seersucker pants and old lady big top.
Which was also black.
This in itself wouldn't have been so bad if I didn't have the movie playing in my head all the time about being so completely inept in the public, because somewhere between the opening procession of priests and the whole welcome to church thing, I thought "My God. We look like the freaking Addams family."
Error #2: throwing away the weekly issue of "Today's Catholic" that gets stuffed in my mailbox every Tuesday without reading it.
THEY CHANGED STUFF!! And by stuff, I mean how you're supposed to respond and pray and gesture and....
Holy crap. 51 years of saying and doing the same stuff, and they go and change it up on me.
Error #3: not getting the damn handicap tag so that I can park closer than eighteen miles away
Much like the scooter at the grocery store, I refuse to get one of those damn placards. I keep telling myself that they are only for people that really need them, but then I try to walk more than seven feet in 90 degree heat and I want to die.
(Which would be convenient, since the Basilica is where I hope my funeral will be.)
So now we're home. The laundry is sploshing, the footballers are footballing, and I am contemplating a nap, some pool time, and some stitching (in that order). With any luck I'll have a full seven days before we do this all over again.
Happy Sunday, Dearies! Hope you are doing whatever makes you happy today!