So, two months ago (has it really been that long???) I visited the Sisters of St. Thomas Aquinas near Phoenix, AZ, liked it, and talked with the Sister in charge about becoming a postulant. I was ready to enter as soon as possible, but then my long-suffering priest (a.k.a The Voice of Reason And Prudence Who Is Always Making Victoria Do Hard Things) recommended that I wait and try one more convent before making a final decision. So from thence I embarked on another stage in the ongoing saga of Victoria Learns Patience (
|The convent of the Sisters of St. Thomas Aquinas - El Mirage, AZ. (photo mine)|
Incidentally, Arizona has captured something in me - I wouldn't say my heart, but definitely something in me is attracted to something about it. Despite its extreme lack of grass and trees and clouds, I still liked it. Perhaps it was simply because that's where the Sisters are, or even just because it's so new and completely different from anything I am used to. I don't know. But the two-and-a-half uncannily bright, hot days I spent there are pretty deeply seared into my imagination - pun intended. Especially the first morning (I arrived at night), when I opened the door at fifteen minutes past six to singing birds, cactus flowers, and a strange landscape soaked in dazzlingly golden light. (It was even better because it was early enough that it hadn't gotten hot yet.)
On the way back I had more plane adventures involving switched flights, a thing that was actually not a boarding pass, Victoria-caused security breaches, and sitting in Washington-Reagan airport eating Cinnabon at 10:00 P.M. My dear readers, heed my warning: DO NOT eat Cinnabon, especially that late at night. It will make you very sick. I have since sworn never to eat anything from that place again.
Oh yeah, and if you're ever in the Dallas-Ft. Worth airport, do yourself a favor and get a burrito from the burrito place, the name of which, if I ever knew at all, I don't remember. You'll know it by the fact that said burrito costs ten dollars. But it is large and extremely delicious and will haunt your dreams for a long time afterwards.
I cannot think of anything else to say and I have an unconquerable desire to end this post by saying "THE END" in big letters. I am not fighting this temptation.