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Knock, knock…

So the doorbell rings at 7:45 p.m. tonight and sitting on our front porch is a tiny little package from an undisclosed location in Mobile, Alabama. Addressed to me. I open it, and inside is the rooster you see here, with a pig on top of its head. Needless to say, I was somewhat freaked out, assuming some nut job had located me. Not that any of you are nut jobs. With all due respect.

So I think, Who would send me a weird rooster with a pig on its head — unsigned, unmarked, designed to creep me out? And only one person came to mind: Abby. She was the prime suspect from the get-go. And she caved like a house of cards when I called her a few minutes later.

Inside joke, prompted by a blog post I just love (don’t read if you are offended by profanities). So now my rooster — nicknamed Elijah in honor of Abby (another long story) — will get a spot in my sacred space, proving once again that spirituality is lived in the everyday, and sometimes silly things, like little painted roosters, can earn a spot among the more transcendent stuff. It’s what makes spirituality real and what makes it matter. Every time I see Elijah the Rooster, I will think of Abby and remember her in prayer. And there you have it: A funny story, a somewhat off-color blog post, and a surprise delivery on a Friday night become fodder for moving down the spiritual path. God is in the details.

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  1. Mary,

    I have a Baby Beyonce that arrived in my mail one day.

    She is metal and not 5′ tall – she is more like 18″ tall.

    In any event, she is a ambassador of hope who rotates from friend to friend when they need a lift. Her last assignment was in Breezy Point. Each one of us signs her in black sharpie and then passes her on to the next person. She currently has a red boa, a travel suitcase (courtesy of Barbie), and, I understand, flip flops.

    May Elijah bring you as much mirth and joy as BB has to us. Because let’s face it, re-reading that particular blog post can ONLY make you guffaw.

    January 6, 2013
    • Mary DeTurris Poust #

      This comment makes me so happy! I love the image of your Baby Beyonce traveling around. Thank you for sharing your story! 🙂

      January 8, 2013
  2. Marie Woodward #

    Do you get comments if they’re long after the fact? I’m not sure how I wound up on this particular post but I clicked through the links to Bloggess’ post on Beyonce and, really, just laughed till I cried. That woman is hilarious. “I probably wouldn’t have bought it anyway, but I do kind of love the thought of Victor driving up to see a metal chicken peering angrily over the roof of our house from the backyard.”

    September 8, 2013
    • Mary DeTurris Poust #

      Any time I need a good laugh, I re-read that Bloggess post.

      September 9, 2013

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