Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Apparently too long has gone by without a post on Rojo, so this one is for you, Lion King, as well as the rest of you that have come to love the boy as much as I do (and at times, more).



Bought myself a little back-to-school present in August, one of those huge wall calendars with enough room to put every little thing on it. I tear off a couple months' worth out at a time, load it up and put it on the frig., at which time I tell Rojo, "DO NOT WRITE ON THIS!"

And every single month he writes all over it.

Large.

Scrawling.

Messy.

And each month it bugs me to no end because I like things neat and tidy.

Took a look at it the other day and he'd scribbled out something on there, and until I put on my "readers" and squinted, I couldn't tell what was still barely showing, underneath all the pencil scratches.

Ash Wednesday.

I walked into the living room, where he basically does live, and said, "So, I see someone scratched out Ash Wednesday on the calendar - anything you want to tell me?"

Looking sheepishly over the top of his glasses he just said, "Yea."

"You don't like Ash Wednesday, do you?" I persisted.

"No," he simply stated.

"Because of the whole no alleluia thing?" I badgered.

I don't know if it's a universal Catholic thing, but at least at Rojo's church/school the "rule" is, "No alleluias during Lent." Lent, which commences on Ash Wednesday, is a time of solemnity.

And solemnity is all well and good - really, I have big plans, actually, scratch that, I have big intentions for having very few plans, during the Lenten season.

I'm all for shutting down the noise and getting reflective. But not giving praise?

"Yes! Because of that! I like to say alleluia! I like to say it every day! I do not like a rule that says you cannot say allelulia! That is a very bad rule. I hate that rule."

I gotta agree.

Alleluia.

Alleluia.

Alleluia.

13 comments:

She said...

I DO LOVE YOUR BOY! His heart is pure gold.

Yes. We must continue to praise.

Tell Rojo I said it's a stupid rule, too!

Ask Me Anything said...

WOW, Alleluia, praise the rojo!

kario said...

Smile.

Wanda said...

I also think it is a stupid rule. Let him sing allelulia! I'll sing with him.

Anonymous said...

Amen!

jesswilson said...

alleluia, rojo, alleluia!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Too cute. I guess we are to yearn more for what we are deprived of those 40 days?

Drama Mama said...

OH MY GOD. Every time, I think I can't love him more...and then he says something like this.

You need to take that boy to an African-American Baptist church.

He can alleluia away.

marge said...

I love how honest Rojo is. He makes me smile. Alleluia Rojo!!

Jerri said...

Alleluia.

And you go, Rojo!

Robin said...

How about we sneak in a Hallelujah? Does that count? I am with Rojo, throw up your hands and shout!

Amber said...

I agree, too!! AND I think God would agree. She likes the praise, so I've been told.

;)

Deb Shucka said...

He's never once been wrong about the important things. Clearly the world need more Alleluias, and more of this lovely boy's wisdom.