Friday May 29, 2015
Tonight was my niece, Ashley's Confirmation. She was one of about 150 students getting confirmed that day. Because of the size of the group, they were split up into two sessions, and hers was the evening ceremony at 7:30pm. Unfortunately, the Bishop, who usually conducts the ceremony, was ill with the flu, so it was left to Fr. Bob and Fr. Haddad (along with two deacons), to do the honors. Even without the Bishop, there was still a lot of pomp and circumstance as the Knights of Columbus, in their regal robes and garments, led the procession of confirmandi, and stood at attention at the end of the mass while the priests and deacons led the newly confirmed students out.
I think Fr. Bob enjoyed doing the ceremony as he happily wielded the microphone and asked the nervous students questions before confirming them. Among other things, he asked, "Why did God create you?" I was kind of hoping for one of those silly answers, like the kind of thing you might have heard on Art Linkletter's "Kids Say the Darndest Things." Instead, he got a straight-from-the-textbook answer from a Hermione Granger wannabe. Ashley escaped having to give an answer since she was seated on one of the outside edges, and she's also not a St. Brendan student, so I think she was much relieved.
At any rate, the ceremony went off without a hitch. All were present sans Mike and Carter who had a baseball game. As expected, the mass lasted around an hour. Afterwards, Ashley got her picture taken with Fr. Bob and the family was invited back to Karen and Mike's for cake and ice cream.
Here's a few pictures from the evening:
Saturday Andrew and I went to the annual WCBE yard sale held on the lawn
of the Fort Hayes campus, which consists of a school for the arts,
amongst other buildings. Not sure what the rest of them are used for
these days, besides one for the radio station obviously. The sale didn't
end up being that big. It took less than an hour to look through
everything and we ended up buying 3 CDs, a dvd, a book, and a couple
ceramic items (a plate and a plant pot).
The fun part was the blast from
the past for both of us as we spent longer lingering over old electronic
equipment than looking through the boxes of junk further down. Andrew's
favorite item was an old dark room timer that he debated buying. For me
it was an old plastic reel (they also came in metal, which is what I
usually used) - that you used to wind your negatives around before
putting the reel in a light proof developing tank . I think they may
have had one or two of those there too. If only I had an extra 24 hours
every day to have a dark room (our ensuite bathroom) I would have bought
up all the equipment, but sadly, I think those days are past for me.
Andrew also enjoyed seeing all the outdated computer equipment including a
double floppy drive on one of the computers. I think we both left there
feeling a little sad and a little old!
Here are some pics I took of the various items: