My mother became a secular nun. A Carmelite nun, to be exact.
And I suppose this was inevitable. Mom raised us to be good, strong Catholics after all. My sisters and I attended an all-girls Catholic school (until we moved to America when I was 10) where we celebrated every saint’s feast day as well as the major holidays like Easter and Christmas. My parents’ best friends were priests, and when I had to marry a non-Catholic in a Catholic church, we had the connections to make that happen. I would say we were all pretty religious already.
But when my dad passed away in 1999, my mother turned to the church for solace and she went all the way. She took all the classes. She attended all the retreats. She took her vows. She was ordained. My mother became the kind of woman who refused any presents for herself on special occasions – yelled at us something fierce if we ever did gift her anything – but who shrieked like a little girl and cried buckets when my sisters and I bought her three-foot statues of her patron saints this past Christmas.
So when I was thinking about this week’s challenge and what my mom has, of course faith was numero uno on my list. And it should have kicked off the week yesterday. But when I was trying to decide how best to interpret “faith” in clothing, and when I was coming up blank because wearing crosses as fashion seemed slightly sacrilegious and I didn’t even have crosses anyway, I turned to my boyfriend, Google, who shared with me that fantabulous picture of a church. And when I saw the blues, my mind screamed “TARDIS!” (LOL! Not that that’s sacrilegious or anything) so it and the subsequent outfit inspired by it naturally ended up on TARDIS Tuesday.
And wouldn’t you know – that dress is the only teal thing I own and not only does it match perfectly the teal of the basilica’s ceilings but it was also given to me by my mom for my birthday last year. How’s that for synchronicity?
This is not the most season-appropriate outfit, I know, but as a paean to my mom and her faith, I think it’s perfect.