This week you've got to watch two Smileboxes posted on our community site--if you haven't watched them already. One is a summary of Christmas, now that the Christmas season has (liturgically) ended as of Sunday. The second one is a review of our week with the seven college students. They continued to be upbeat--about everything--until the moment they got into their van Saturday morning. The Smilebox will say it all.
The other unusal thing about this week is that our prioress, Anne, is in India. Good friends and supporters of ours have been asking her for years to accompany them to their homeland sometime when they visit their families--and this was finally the time. Before she left we rented the movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. She tells us that that was a good preparation for experiencing India, at least where she is. Additionally, the movie is filled with those extraordinary British actors and actresses, namely Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey) and Judith Dench. If you missed it, find a Redbox. Among many Hindu temple visits she has also visited a Benedictine community of women, a house of a community founded in England who minister to the poor elderly in both England and India.
Today we drove by a nearby bar/restaurant whose electric sign read, "Closed for renovation." The sister with me said that we ought to have the same sign! Here are some photos of the very early dining room renovation set up. Our guests are doing just fine adapting!