With the beautiful change of weather, and a special visit to some extraordinary women yesterday, I thought I knew I should get back to writing.
At my internship yesterday, I went on a little trip down the hill to the Villa. The Villa is a home for Sisters of Charity who need assisted living & nursing assistance. This was the first time that my internship has required me to take visit the Villa so I had no idea what to expect. When I was younger, I used to be terrified of going into Nursing Homes because elderly people scared me. The best part of this fear was that being a Girl Scout, I was always volunteering at Nursing Homes. Yay me!
The reason for my trip with Sister Maryanne, was to take 60 second videos of Sisters explaining why they became a Sister of Charity to begin with, and what inspired them. The best part of my internship has to be meeting so many women who have done so much with there life. Speaking with them and listening to their stories are extremely rewarding and I have to say, I have not heard one story that I was not surprised at! Although I am not religious (or of Catholic faith), talking with the Sisters has inspired me immensely.
One of the Sisters that we videoed yesterday was Sister Alberta. Her video brought Sister Maryanne & myself to tears because she shared her story in a song. It was one of the most beautiful moments that anyone could experience. After finishing her video, Sister Alberta told us that she had another story to tell us, but it was not to be put on the camera…
At twenty years old, Sister Alberta was “going with” a young man named Jimmy. He was kissing her goodnight on her front porch, and that was when she decided to tell him that she was going to be entering the Convent. As she told Jimmy this, he reached into his coat pocket. You could only imagine what was inside the black box in his pocket. Sister Alberta had to turn him down because she still planned on going into the Convent. I just could not imagine turning down a proposal and choosing an eternal life with God.
Years later, Sister Alberta was driving through Montclair and decided to drive past Jimmy’s house. He was in fact standing in his driveway by his car. He sat in her passenger seat and pressed his hand against her cheek. Sister Alberta told us that she could still feel his hand on her face. Although he did pass away, she hopes to meet him again one day.
For my entirety of Spring Break (which is this week), I have spent my days at my internship which is at the Convent. Everyday I meet new women who are brilliant and gracious. Today, I spent my afternoon with Sister Ursula. My internship supervisor had convinced her to allow me help her to create the blog and it was such a great idea. Sister Ursula has been having physical problems and she wants to find something to do so that she can keep moving forward in life. I helped her create her own blog and boy does she have a lot to say. When we completed her first post, I had a wave of butterflies because I knew how happy she was. It was such a great moment for both her and myself. I am extremely grateful to be able to have moments like the ones I have experienced this week.
If only a few things came out of this internship, they would be simple living, giving back, and to not take life for granted because you can make a difference.