“Magnificent.” – An elder, handsome gentleman; a veteran; has a limp and uses a cane – I don’t think I’ve ever seen him before! He quietly looked at my page on his way up the steps to this special corner of Mary’s, and he looked me in the eye and said just this one word with such gravitas.
“Your smile will make a difference.” – the usher for whom I’d vote if he really were running for mayor, giving me a pep talk for my new job
“Oh wow, I like that, the yellow and blue.” -Father Bambrick, who gives the Very Best Homilies and shares my love of art, history, and more
“Oh wow…Let me know how it goes…send me an email! An email.” -Father Bambrick, the same Father Bambrick, in reference to my new job
“How’d you do?…(Me: “You tell me, sir” – holding out my work – “How did I do?”)…You goin’ into that?” -A friendly, stout elder gentleman who flagged me down outside after mass, with a lovely flowery button-down and an interesting lack of hesitation or “properness”