Our old college friend John towers over most folks at 6.5
feet. Born and bred in Montana, he is now a newly ordained Dominican priest for
the Western Province. We told the little ones that giants still do exist here
and there, though over time their size has shrunk to under 9 ft in most cases…and
when he arrived, he did not disappoint!
He told us how one time he was mistaken for a member of the Illuminati. But the observer called out “Oh wait! No! He can’t be Illuminati! He’s too happy!”
Dominicans have O.P. after their name- for “Order of Preachers”. Their work is to preach- and to diligently study in preparation for doing so….hence, the absence of a work habit.
One day one we had him harvesting zuchinni with us in the field. Shane and the older girls had been up in the BWCA the week before, and we missed a day of harvesting the summer squash. In the interim some of them had expanded to the size of small dogs. “Just go and throw those monstrosities to the pigs!” I told him. It had rained in the night and the hogs were enjoying sunbathing in their little mushes of mud and muck. I looked over to see Father John lobbing squashes to the happy and salivating porcine torpedoes eagerly awaiting their mid-day feast. Each one landed with a delicious THUD and THWUCK, hitting the ground with truly impressive power.
Father turned back to us grinning, his duty discharged, but his snow white habit looking as if he was riddled with holes.
“Don’t worry! This is why we carry Tide pens!” He assured us.
Farming has a way of changing people. It can transform some folks in the matter of one afternoon. Still. I’d hate for him to be mistaken for a Holstein. “There’s no way he’s a Holstein!” they’d shout, “He’s too happy!”