Sunday, April 7, 2013

Monica's First Communion

It's the time of year for many children to be receiving their First Holy Communion and it brings to mind the year that Monica received it. 

For me it was as stressful as a wedding because of her contrariness, so typical of children with Down syndrome.  Would she wear the fancy dress? (Yes, but not be happy about it.)  Would she wear the flower and ribbon veil?  (Absolutely not!)  Would she process down the aisle with her classmates?  (Yes!)  Would she remember what to do when she went up to Communion?  (Sort of.)  Would she stand still for photos or smile?  (Some yes, some no.)  Would she use good manners at her party?  (Only after taking off the fancy dress and getting into comfortable attire.)

Monica with her Godparents

Monica and Peter show off her banner.

Monica and Joe celebrate afterwards.

Monica's First Communion
 by Janet Sobczyk, 2013ⓒ

The pretty white dress,
was too fancy for her taste.
The simple ribbon veil
was not to be tolerated.
But high heeled shoes
made her feel like a queen!

Now, would she perform?
Stand in line?  No way!
Smile for a class photo?
You've got to be kidding!
But add a brother or two
and her smiles were real.

She sang all the songs
and said all the prayers.
When it was finally time
she walked up with Dad
and willingly received Jesus,
her bread of life.

Mass was soon over,
it was time to party! 
But not until the dress
was hung on display,
so she could finally wear
comfy clothes instead.

The next Sunday she
knew just what to do.
No pressure, just joy.
Not standing out,
she was part of the crowd,
quietly happy and proud.

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