Thursday, July 31, 2008

Rosaries and Play Time

Yesterday I went to my mom's group meeting. We learned how to make knot rosaries. Have you ever seen these before? They are so pretty, and really fun to make. The best part, though, is how functional they are. There is something soothing and comforting about praying on the knot rosary. The twine just feels good in your hands. When I pray, my hands tend to fiddle, and with a bead rosary, I'll end up rubbing the beads back and forth in my fingers. That's nice too, but with these ones, you can kind of pull on the knots AND rub them back and forth. (Not that that's really the important part of praying the Rosary.)

We also learned some interesting history behind the Rosary. Originally, it was a Jewish custom for the priests (or rabbi's?) to pray the Psalms using something that resembled a rosary. After the death of Christ, at some point, the lay people saw them doing this, but because most of them could not read, they would just say the Pater Noster (Our Father). It wasn't until St. Dominic that the Rosary was adapted to more like what we pray now. We were told that knot rosaries, like the ones we were making, were popular during the Protestant Reformation, when it became illegal to be seen praying the Rosary. They were easily untied to conceal what they were. I'm not sure if that part is true though. I did a short internet search and couldn't really come up with anything, although I didn't really try that hard.

It's so much fun to learn something new. You can watch a video on how to make these rosaries here. I think I've found a new hobby.

On another note, Fritter is feeling much better. His tantrums have also become less frequent. Part of it was how yucky he felt. I also have been really trying to make sure he gets enough attention from me during the day. Not just attention, but quality attention. I get busy about my day, and while normally I'll stop and read to him, or roll him the ball or whatever, I realized I wasn't pausing enough to just sit with him and get interested in whatever he was doing.

So, I've been making sure that I do stop, and look through his toy box with him, and just let him show me his toys or whatever. He seems to enjoy it when I do this, and truthfully, I do too. It's nice to just be with him. He has such a fun personality already, and everyday he does something new. It's fun to watch him get excited about the things he's learning, and watch him try new things. The whole word is fascinating to him.

I sometimes get so caught up in doing the things that make our home run smoothly, that I don't think about the things that will make our home truly happy. It's these small things that make all the difference. So, I'm learning. Slowly, but at least I'm making progress.

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