Now I send out the same love to you sunbirds – all of our members who vacate our Nativity pews for most of the summer as you head to cabins up north. I hope you are still keeping up on parish news by reading the bulletin online.
I’ve never had a family cabin to go to so I’m not sure what goes on up there. I have learned however that if somebody speaks of spending a lot of time on the first or second hole they might be talking about the two-seater outhouse and not the golf course.
I’m hoping you all are able to relax. One lady told me that it usually takes her husband a few weekends before he can truly unwind and get used to all of the trees and quiet. Apparently he spends the first weekend driving into town at least three times a day because he doesn’t know what else to do. Once he had to drive to the post office to see how late they were open “just in case.” Another time he drove an hour to find a Kmart because he realized the cabin didn’t have any jigsaw puzzles.
But by the end of the summer she says he’s a changed man. He can spend an entire afternoon on the porch just adjusting the bug-zapper or trying to figure out how the raccoons can get into the garbage can that even his wife can’t open. I’ve heard that he also has been the inspiration for a few new Sven and Ole jokes.
Cabin life does sound nice. People tell me that prayer is deeper, sleep is sounder, and breakfast always tastes better at the cabin. I imagine that they have a lot of fun summer festivals up north too – with gizzard eating contests, vermin races, and washboard music concerts.
Meanwhile, as our ranks are diminished all of the priests up there enjoy packed churches all summer long. Please tell those priests that they have an obligation to return you to me better than they received you.
Soak up the summer blessings but remember that we miss you here at Nativity of Mary. Wherever we are it is good that we can be together in Christ.