December 2, 2008
My youngest daughter came home wearing a plastic glow-in-the-dark rosary -- not the type of thing you'd expect from a Presbyterian preschool. It turned out to be a gift from a friend who passed them out to the girls in the class. Jillian adored her new piece of jewelry, especially the bead embossed with a heart and the two-inch luminescent crucifix that dangled from the end.
I didn't want Jillian to think of her rosary as just a fashion statement a la Madonna of the 1980s. After all, my brother's wife and his two young daughters are practicing Catholics, and I didn't want Jillian to whip out her rosary during princess dress-up play and shock her cousins with unintended insensitivity.
At bedtime, I told her that Catholics used rosaries to keep track of their prayers. We said The Lord's Prayer three times together, counting out a bead for each prayer. It was all that Jillian could do.
"Okay, I'm finished with that," she sighed, handing me back the rosary for safe keeping in her jewelry box.