Catholic Childhood Memories: Beating the Deacon in Effigy

Birthday Child, holding back-issue of diocesan newspaper: Can I cut this up?

Me: Um, what is it?

Birthday Child: It has our deacon on it.

Me: What are you planning to do with it?

Birthday Child: I’m making a piñata.

Me: So are you planning to tell our deacon that you’re cutting up his picture so your friends can come over and beat it with sticks?


No, really, we like this guy. She just wanted colorful bits of newsprint. I promise.