Sunday, April 03, 2005

Pope Letter


Here is the letter of reponse from the Vatican from the picture and letter I wrote the Pope back when the Pope came to visit Chicago when I was a kid. I remember asking my mother who the Pope was. She told me he was the closest person to Jesus in the world. This was quite an impression to me. I was in first grade at Saint Giles school and the Pope's visit was a big thing. I was excited. I remember people were staying overnight in the park to wait on his visit.

I was so excited that the Pope was coming I drew a picture of him flying over the Chicago skyline. It was out of respect. The Pope was a super human figure to me, and in a way he still is. I didn't know much about him and what he did, other than the excitement and reverence about him, especially from the Polish families. I remember when the Pope John Paul was elected. I remember the previous Pope had only been in office for a short period of time. It was odd. All of the tradition surrounding the passing of the Pope and the election of the new Pope. Amazing. Seeing all of this happening again is bringing back a lot of memories from a long time ago.

I have always had fond memories of the Pope. I am saddened by his passing, but he lived a very amazing life. He did a lot of amazing and great things. I don't always agree with a lot of things he did and supported, but he did some very amazing things to move towards a peaceful world that few want to give him credit for. I went to go see the Pope several times when he came to Saint Louis a while ago. I couldn't miss it. It was fun and easy. I would hop on my bike and go to the lean part of the lines and watch that popemobile fly by. My old chum Jose got to go up to him at the dome with his family. That was very cool. The freaks were out in force. Great experience.

Someone below thought I was being offensive about the Pope. I am not sure what to think about that really, but it brought back a memory of twenty years ago from grade school of someone taking offense about something to do with the Pope.

I remember as a kid in grade school, my PE teacher Ms. Rice told us just how awful it was to see how they were making fun of the Pope on TV. I had no idea what she was talking about. She then described an episode of something showing the Pope getting down on his hands and knees to kiss the ground. But in this comedy sketch they drew in a picture of a cigar butt on the ground and it showed him picking it up. I never saw the comedy piece, but then I had a picture of the Pope in my head picking up a cigar butt outside of a plane after he landed while kissing the ground. Odd how a memory works.

Ms. Rice also made me stand at the fence, a schoolyard punishment, for yelling out "oh my nuts!" after being slammed and being dropped to the ground with a kickball to the groin. She asked me what I meant by that. I looked at her funny and didn't say anything. She then asked me if I meant "nuts" by what "squirrels eat off the ground". I was even more confused. I was just hit in the groin and was somehow in trouble and a grown woman was asking me if I thought nuts were what squirrels ate. Funny.

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