Not sure if I'm thrilled or mortified :
Rees relays to me that the first evening in the tents at ACYC (Alaska Catholic Youth Conference), he told the guys, "Hey, I have to breathe in this stuff every night with a smoky machine and I brought my laptop with an entire season of Walker Texas Ranger to watch. You can stay or go, but that's what I'm doing." And they remained each night. And they joked all week, winking, elbowing, and guffawing about Rees' legal marijuana and how excellent Chuck Norris is (of course).
I know he will encounter prejudices and troubles when certain types of people learn of his CF, which is not immediately noticeable like Down Syndrome or cerebral palsy. But thank God for these Catholic boys who shrug their shoulders, check out the machinery, declare it cool, and make jokes. These same young men also labored behind the scenes for their youth pastor, waited in line for Confession (tough to be too cool when you're in line to confess your sins...!), showed off for the girls, and prayed through many Masses with those same girls.
Rees is being grounded in his Most Holy Faith and his roots are strengthening for his unfolding future, which will undoubtedly include the Not Nice. Right now though, he is surrounded and fortified by his family, his church, The Church, and his friends ~ faithful and loving.
Even if I don't like their marijuana jokes.
Smiling, but not exactly laughing,