A Queen Anne’s Lace flower found in my back yard
A Lesson from a Modern Day Amma
When it came time to think about the name I wanted my grandchildren to call me, I thought it over for a while and decided I wanted to be called “Amma.”
Mary Earle says, Amma “…means “mother.” It came to refer to those women who were spiritual mothers to many.” Who were the Amma’s and the Abba’s or the Desert Mothers and Fathers of the Early Church? “They were wise teachers who were sought out for guidance in living the Christian life.” For the record, “The Desert Mothers lived in the 4th and 5th Centuries after Christianity became legal and the period of Christian persecution had ended.”
Today, it’s 2016, and incredibly enough I have 4 cool grandchildren. Of these dear children, one lives with her parents in the San Francisco Bay Area, and her name is Matilda. Matilda is two and a half years old and is daily gaining better control of using the English language.
On my most recent visit to see Matilda and her parents, I asked my daughter, Hayley, if I could use her car and take Matilda to the closest fabric store. With the go ahead, we made our way to the car. Tilda did a few mountain climbing moves to get into her car seat. I buckled her, started the car, and backed out of the car port. We made our way onto a busy parkway headed for Jo Ann Fabrics, when Matilda says from the back seat, “Go Faster, Amma.” Feeling surprised to hear this comment, I paused before responding, then said, “There is a car in front of me, I can’t go faster.” Only to which, Matilda said again, “You need to go faster.” Apparently, a 50 year old from Oregon is not driving at the speed a dear two year old is used to around the Bay Area.
This lesson I gained from my time with Matilda is young people like to do what is familiar and that usually means riding in a car at a faster speed than I am used to driving in Oregon. I’m finding out I have as much to learn from Matilda as I think I have to share with her.
Hope you have a good weekend!
http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/books/features/view/16777 The Desert Mothers A Q&A with the author of a book on these early Christians. Book feature by Mary C. Earle.
Just for fun…type into the Google Search Bar…The sayings of the Desert Mothers and Fathers…I believe you will find some encouraging thoughts!