So I’m getting quite the collection of Mary figurines.Â 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.Â And you know what?Â They’re right.
It’s quite a varied group, this assemblage of Marys.Â There’s the 1930s-Hollywood-Eyebrows Mary.Â There’s the I-Bought-Her-in Lourdes Mary.Â 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).Â There’s the Serene-White-Hummel-MaryÂ (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.Â I could tell what each one was simply by looking at the dimensions of the packagesÂ (that’s the downside of supplying your husband with a birthday list: not much suspense).Â But one gift, in a long rectangular box, was a delicious mystery.
It was the Birthday-Surprise Mary.Â Isn’t she pretty?Â I love her veil, and the vivid colors.Â The lily is a nice symbolic detail.Â She also looks great against a green wall (not everything does, by the way).
Honey, if you’re reading this: Good work.Â Thanks for bringing another lovely Mary into the house.
Credit where it’s due: Joseph’s Studio “Madonna and Child”