Thursday, July 16, 2009

opening of an envelope

The last thing I really needed after my vacation was a scoop of ice cream but I couldn't say no to the invitation. Josh and Kara Lovett, owners of Soups and Scoops Café, wrote to say that their five-year-old son would be especially thrilled if I showed up. Of all the people there, little Joshua was the only one who knew the full names of the morning show and radio station where I work.

The invitation also indicated that there would be prayer service at 1:00 p.m. last Sunday. My wife and I made sure to arrive in time for that. Josh's father David read a blessing for businesses from St. Brigid in three parts. He started outside on the sidewalk, continued just inside the front door and then concluded in the work area. David appeared to have a rosary made from knotted cord in his hands. He showed me that each "decade" had only seven knots instead of the ten that I expected. It was an Anglican Rosary, which he gets from the Sisters of the Transfiguration in Cincinnati.

The Lovetts bought the business a few months ago. They are celebrating their grand re-opening this week with different specials each day. Thursdays are Bring Your Own Banana Day for discounts on banana splits. This weekend they are offering buy-one-get-one-free deals on Hilton Head Ice Cream. Soups and Scoops is the only place around selling Hilton Head. The Lovetts make the ice cream in their shop. I asked for a half-scoop of Bananas Foster and a half-scoop of Death by Godiva. Fortunately it was a less-than-lethal dose.

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Blogger Andrew Ballew said...

An Anglican Rosary.. interesting... Weeks rather than decades.

The Catholic Church opened the door pretty wide for reconciliation with our Anglican/Episcopal brethren. Hopefully in time bridges can be rebuilt. Returning to a common faith can only be a good thing as the Church moves forward and faces new and different challenges.

Blogger PLANET3RRY said...

Since I was trying to herd the kids after the sugar high of the ice cream (actually they had the sorbets... YUMMY), I was trying to hear the conversation that you were having with Josh's dad about the Rosary and the similarities/differences with the Catholic Version.

Joshua and my son Eric have been good friends for a good portion of their lives, which is why my kids made a B-line for your table.


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