I decided that if my Sunday school class was just right for me, spiritually, that I’d take the germ risk and go be with 19 special students today. I needed a good dose of faith and happiness before starting radiation tomorrow. So they all scrubbed their hands thoroughly before entering the classroom, and we worked on learning about the parts of the Mass.
I didn’t do the teaching today, my friend Jean did, since I wasn’t sure until this morning that I’d be up to going. She’s taken on a huge burden of doing this class while I’ve been dealing with chemotherapy and all… most weekends Emily helps her with crowd control and the boys get the room and the books all set, but she has to do the real work. But just being there was so nice.
The students who had memorized all their prayers and had therefore earned their specially blessed rosaries were so proud to show me the filled in spots on our chart!
Because I’m not good at sitting still without something to do with my hands, I usually try to find some pertinent coloring sheets for my students each week. If I’m not particularly successful with my internet search for something related to our lesson, I print out the Gospel coloring pages from Catholicmom.com, but since we’ve been working on learning the stories of our patron saints, some of the pages from Waltzing Matilda were perfect for today. (…see http://tiredtwang.blogspot.com/ …)
My neighbor Quint even shared his research on St. Francis with us…
So tomorrow, when I’m trying to be strong and brave at my first radiation treatment (they didn’t start last week because they had to perfect some of the math to minimize the impact on my heart…) I can think about the joy and the faith of my 19 students. Their faith isn’t complex or hard to understand… but learning about things that are simple, beautiful and miraculous with them truly nourishes my soul.