Love Your Monk

Dear Sir says that this is "the life." That is a monk, above, walking around in his sandals in his modern and simple monastery. As a monk, one can wake up at four in the morning to pray, write on vellum with a quill pen, and read books when not gardening and helping the poor---um, and going to many different prayer times like vespers and compline and all that. We were looking around some site with this picture on it when Dear Sir could not stop exclaiming, "Just Look at that! That is AWESOME!" I told him to save this pic so that I could complain about his love for the single life. Ha ha.

Actually, monks are pretty cool. When I read The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco I could not stop drawing them. I soon discovered that I pretty much stink at drawing; I will never go anywhere with it so I guess I will just stick to singing. But, I just wanted to express my love for the mysteriousness of monkhood.

So, when we went to the National Gallery of Art a few weekends ago Dear Sir and the crew and I were walking out of the building to cross the street to get to the parking garage. Dear Sir was suddenly distracted by a monk walking the streets opposite and forgot where he was. He politely jerked his head in the monk's direction so that I could view him (how could I not? He looked so odd compared to all the other stuff around him). Suddenly a scream pealed behind us just as the monk was to come into full view and we had to turn to console our crying daughter who tripped and fell on the ground.

"I am very sorry to have not had a closer look at the monk," mumbled Dear Sir.


Anonymous said...

Okay... but what about the whole silence thing? *Grimace*

Joel said...

Also, think about getting to dress like a Jedi every day.

"Downcenter on yourself Padawan."

R said...

Mama--Silence is good. Celibacy is not.

Joel---I bet you would like it. You would be the only monk cloistered with a light saber. The head monk would confiscate it and tell you that you are pleasing your vanity.

Funky-Redhead said...

great pic'

Badoozie said...

i'm going to go ahead and skip commenting here..don't want to get myself in trouble..nope