Thursday, December 16, 2010

Big Step, Little Girl

Michelle stood brave but nervous waiting to make her first confession yesterday. She is 7.
She told her mom to go first, and then she moved anxiously in place at the front of the line.
From a distance, I watched John give her a quick word of encouragement. When it was Michelle's turn, her mom flashed her a smile and a thumbs up.
From where I stood, I could see Michelle sitting in the adult-size chair, her feet not touching the floor, as she spoke to the priest.
It was a brief encounter, but I'm sure it felt like forever to her.
Once it was over, she practically flew into her mom's arms. Her face lit up with pride and relief.


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