Monday, January 20, 2014

If You Leave Your Coat on at Mass...

What I wore Sunday...

A Winter coat, boots, and a scarf. Oh, and one of my favorite swing dresses with big pockets; but I could have worn my pj's underneath and nobody would be the wiser. This is a humble pie moment. I used to be critical of others who wore their coats and scarves all the way through Mass. If you go to someone's house for dinner, don't you politely take your coat off?? Hmmmmm???? You guys look like you're ready to bolt out the door as soon as Mass is over... take your coat off and stay a while, people!

Now I know the truth. People are just cold. I just never understood because I was never cold enough. And now I am, perhaps because I spend so much time in the frigid hallway with Peaches. I don't care if you wear your coat in my house if you're cold. And if I'm uncomfortably cold in church, I wear my coat. So, I've grown in this area. And if someone in my parish is thinking that I'm rude for wearing my coat at the Supper of the Lord... well it just serves me right, that's all.

This was the first time in several weeks that I bundled Peaches up for Mass. Thank you, God, for a healthy baby. It was a real pleasure to stand out in the hall with her. And I did get to stay for most of the homily.
Twelve year old Crash is officially tired of snow. "Why do we even live in Cleveland?" he repeatedly moans.  The sincerity and desperation that comes through in his voice alarms me. He's certainly going to be the one to move away to Florida when he comes of age. And I won't be able to visit him because I don't think I would survive the drive. Last time I drove to Florida, I was suffering from the combined effects of a new pregnancy, motion sickness, horridly hot tempts/humidity, and the flu. I have never fully recovered. Plus there are alligators and hurricanes there. I know people who travel to Florida regularly but a journey for me might require either a small miracle or heavy sedation. Or the love of my boy... if it came to that.
Oooh... those smiles melt my heart!

Hooded Wool Swing Coat: Etsy
Dress: Olive long sleeved swing dress with pockets from ASOS
Black tights
Boots: Aerosole
Scarf: who knows?
Headband: Lilla Rose. My current favorite hair accessory. The pics don't quite capture the pretty beads.

It is always a pleasure to link up with the lovely ladies at Fine Linen and Purple for What I Wore Sunday




16 comments:

  1. You are so beautiful! I can't believe you're a mother of seven. I want to know your secret to remaining so youthful!

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    1. Aaaw... thank you for the sweet comments! My secret? Allowing no close-up photos and holding babies. Babies always make a gal look younger. ;)

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  2. I have used this same analogy at Mass with my children. Sometimes, in the depths of wintry cold, I understand this coat wearing phenomenon. I get it....it is cold! However, whether you're cold or not, most people wouldn't dream of wearing their outside winter gear in someone else's home. Luckily, our church has coat racks and ours get hung up upon our arrival inside...even if we're a bit chilly. We just sit a little closer to each other during Mass...one big cozy family!

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    1. Yes! I love your approach and agree with it whole-heartedly. I'm just careful to be more generous with others now and not make assumptions. Another thing that has changed is that our current parish is much colder than our previous parish. I think funds are lower and the architecture is more difficult to heat. But I do think coat off is highly preferable. :)

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    2. Our previous parish had a very old boiler system which would occasionally go out. In fact, it went out on a very cold winter day when we were baptizing my little Peter! I completely understand the need to stay warm!

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    3. I bet the holy water was pretty cold that day!! That reminds me of the recent week we had that extreme cold... the holy water froze in the fonts right next to the main church doors. I'm sure glad we didn't have a baptism that day!

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  3. Great blog and I never thought of the coats at Mass thing. We also live in Cleveland and there really isn't anywhere to hang coats at our parish, and then for all 10 of us to take off our coats....we'd take up so much space and it's already hard for us to squeeze into a pew together. Sometimes I'm too warm, but I don't want to disturb anyone by having my coat dangling into their pew...so I sweat it out!

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    1. Welcome fellow Clevelander! I hear you! We generally try to take our coats off and often end up with a very fluffy bench to sit on since the coats have nowhere to go but under us. Ah well, this will no longer be an issue once the weather starts to warm up... in June! lol

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    2. Oh Melody, not June! But as a fellow NE Ohioan, unfortunately, we know that's completely possible. Glad to hear Peaches is doing well.

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    3. Hi Donna! Oh, wouldn't it be lovely to have a warm Easter? It is discouraging to have to wait too long for the sunshine. I'm starting to hear everyone share their annual musings on moving to warmer climates... myself included... but not Florida. :)

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  4. I think you look gorgeous, and your coat is so beautiful I'd have kept it on too, so there. I have a long , black wool coat with a hood and I think it looks nicer on me than half of my wardrobe, so I am definitely in the keeping-my-coat-on-if-I-darn-well-feel-like camp!

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    1. I do like my coat. It was a Christmas present from my Dad (but I got to pick it out). It's been a while since I've had a pretty coat. Perhaps that's one reason I was less resistant to keeping it on!

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  5. I'm so glad you were finally able to take a healthy baby to church. You look great.

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    1. Thanks, Christine! I feel pretty good, too! I think it's time to add some exercise to my life and amp all this goodness up a notch!

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  6. Your coat and scarf are adorable on their own!! :)

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  7. I've done the same thing for Mass also - and you look lovely in your coat and scarf! Also, your baby is precious. :)

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