It has been raining so much that I haven’t been able to get many photos. This is a shot of the neighbor’s yellow mimosa tree blooms.
When I was in my twenties I went through a practical nursing program It was a year long course that was very concentrated and we had very little time off during that year. We had a couple of women who had raised their kids and had put off doing something outside the home. One of those women was Mary G.
Mary was in her early fifties. She was down to earth, had a great sense of humor and very little rattled her. There were a few of us on the orthopedic floor doing a rotation. Now, when people are injured or sick it either brings out the very best behavior in them or the very worst.
We were having a run on young guys in their late teens to early twenties who had been involved in motorcycle accidents. There was this one guy in Room 209. I don’t think I will ever forget him. He was a nasty cuss and thought he had no responsibility in his care. Anyway, one of the younger girls in my class, Betty, had been assigned to him. Every time she went into his room, he exposed himself to her. He did everything he could think of to embarrass her. She would come out of his room so upset. He even threw his bedpan at her. I felt so bad for her.
One day he was just merciless to Betty and she was ready to throw in the towel saying she could never get through the program if she had to deal with patients like that. Mary got wind of what was going on. The next time this patient rang his bell, Mary said I’ll get it. Well Betty and I followed her to his room and stood outside the door so we could hear if he was just as inappropriate to her as he had been to young Betty.
Sure enough, Mary approached the bed and he pulled the covers off of himself to embarrass her. Mary didn’t miss a beat. She looked at him, very straight faced and said, “Oh that’s nothing, the guy in the next room has two of them.” This kid just shut up and covered himself. Mary was able to totally befuddle him. Needless to say, Betty had no more trouble with her patient.
In the Catholic faith, you are named after a saint. I was named after my Great Aunt Wanda. There is no Saint Wanda. But my middle name is Marie. Marie is a form of Mary. Mary is the mother of Jesus and so I have always felt that she is my patron saint.
My earthly mother was an alcoholic and was abusive. I started spending a lot of my Saturdays at the convent where I went to school. The sisters were wonderful to me. They would give me little jobs to do for them. I felt useful and loved by these wonderful women.
These sisters taught me to love Mary. She is, after all the mother of Jesus Christ and also our heavenly mother. When Christ was on the cross, he gave his mother to all of us when he told John, “Son, behold your mother.” They taught me she is the paragon of virtue. One I could look to as the example for my life and through her I would learn to love and forgive my mother. I developed a deep and lasting devotion to the Blessed Mother.
There is often confusion about the Blessed Mother by non-Catholics. We do not worship her. We venerate her. There is a huge difference. Only God is worshiped and adored. Mary, however, is a wonderful intercessor for us. She willingly goes before God and her divine Son Jesus Christ to ask for our needs.
Now many feel that since Mary is not mentioned much in the bible that there is error in our beliefs. However, I am confident that when you ask something of our Lord, He listens. But, when as at the wedding at Cana, Mary was an advocate for the wedding couple and Jesus said His time had not come, he did as His mother asked and performed His first miracle changing water into wine.
I am blessed to have been raised Catholic and to have this wonderful relationship with Jesus and His mother.
- Place ½ can of coconut milk, spinach and the mint leaves in the blender and blend until smooth.
- Add remaining coconut milk, honey and vanilla and blend again.
- Pour hot water into a small bowl or measuring cup. Sprinkle with gelatin and allow to stand for 5 minutes to allow the gelatin to bloom (aka swell). With the blender running on low speed, add bloomed gelatin to coconut milk mixture. Secure blender lid and process on high until well blended. If coconut mixture starts to separate, don’t panic, just keep blending – it will get smooth.
- Pour mixture into a shallow freezer safe container or loaf pan. Add chocolate chips. Place in freezer. Stir mixture every 30 minutes for the first 3 hours or so to incorporate air into the mixture as it freezes.
- Serve after 4 hours (soft serve consistency) or freeze longer for a harder consistency.
- If frozen solid, allow ice cream to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving.
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