I’ve apparently raised a comedian.
Two days ago, when I got home from a week-long business trip out west, my 9 year old son came to the door to greet me. “Oh, this is nice,” I thought, I had really missed him and my wife while I was away, and I was bone-tired after a red-eye flight from LA.
He held his hand up to stop me as I approached.
“And who are you?” he said, accusingly. So hilarious…
In truth, he had a point. I’d been out of town 3 out of the past 4 weeks. I’m glad to be back at home, back at work, back to my routine.
My week in Arizona and California was a whirlwind! I spent a lot of time with my colleague, Leszek, visiting friends and benefactors of CNEWA. A guys’ road trip, complete with incredible views. If any of you have ever driven the I-5 in California, you know what I mean. At one point, the cliffs, water and sun
set were so stunning we had to pull over and silently watch. Humbling and gorgeous!
Another time, a fast rain shower left a streak of perfect arced rainbow across the sky…it made me think of the Wizard of Oz.
We attended many meetings and conferences, some of which were formal; others were entertaining and quite moving. President George W. Bush spoke at one of them. Also, the actress from Everybody Loves Raymond, Patricia Heaton, was there and gave a speech by a challenging title: God is in Hollywood (Why aren’t we?). Finally, Cardinal Francis George (who among his many other duties is the Treasurer of CNEWA US) gave an insightful presentation on Catholic Married Life and the American Economic System.
Considerably less famous, but still very important to me, I was able to re-meet the priest who hired me for my first professional job 17 years ago. I was 22 and just out of college, and Father Joseph hired me at the Vatican. Now, he’s back in the United States. Imagine running into him after so long!
I have so many more stories to share, but for now, it’s back to work!