So I’m getting quite the collection of Mary figurines. This happens when you write a book about the BVM and have a blog about her: people very logically conclude that you will be happy to welcome another Mary into the fold. And you know what? They’re right.
It’s quite a varied group, this assemblage of Marys. There’s the 1930s-Hollywood-Eyebrows Mary. There’s the I-Bought-Her-in Lourdes Mary. There’s the Made-of-Cloth-and-Stuffed-with-Dried-Beans Mary (okay, technically that one is my mom’s Mary and not mine, but anyhow). There’s the Serene-White-Hummel-Mary (I promise to post photos of all of these Marys at some point).
And on my birthday in February, my husband presented me with a pile of wrapped gifts. I could tell what each one was simply by looking at the dimensions of the packages (that’s the downside of supplying your husband with a birthday list: not much suspense). But one gift, in a long rectangular box, was a delicious mystery.
It was the Birthday-Surprise Mary. Isn’t she pretty? I love her veil, and the vivid colors. The lily is a nice symbolic detail. She also looks great against a green wall (not everything does, by the way).
Honey, if you’re reading this: Good work. Thanks for bringing another lovely Mary into the house.
Credit where it’s due: Joseph’s Studio “Madonna and Child”