|Irene, as a four year old, praying impromptu in Switzerland, thanking God for the Rhine Falls.|
So Irene, 12, walks into Zoe’s room, asking for help with homework. Zoe, 17, doing her AS’s says, “No, go away.”
Then Irene realizes Zoe is sucking one of the three treasured candy canes she had squirreled away from Christmas.
“How did you get that?” she asked.
“I took it from your room when you weren’t there,” Zoe said.
“Oh. Would you like another?” Irene asked
“Yes,” Zoe said.
Irene meekly and sadly handed another one over.
* * *
We listened in amazement.
“Irene! What’s up?”
“Well, they taught us in children’s church this Sunday that if someone is bad to you, you should turn the other cheek.”
And all three older Mathiases crowed in unision, “Irene is becoming a Christian!!”
(She’s the freest spirit, and freest thinker in our family!)
* * *
And blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. A very wise person once said that. So I am not sad for Irene.