Every year Dad asks one of the grand-daughters (usually the first little girl who visits in May) to crown the Blessed Mother at the Grotto. This year Sarah was the lucky one! I loved these series of pictures. First, Dad is explaining to Sarah what they will do and then leading her (and Kathy and Emily were next to her, but not in the picture) in Hail Maries. As you can see, Sarah is very attentively listening to Grandpa.
Then Grandpa lifted her up to crown Mama... Sarah carefully arranged the bow -at first it was on the right and when she was told to 'turn it around' Sarah obediently (and dotingly -like a little mother doing her daughter's hair) put the bow 'on the other side' (Dad meant in the back, but it was a great picture!):
As you can see, at the end it was in its right place. I only include this following picture because I think Mary looks alive. There is something so powerful about her in the statue at Dad's grotto. Ever since I was little, I thought this particular statue looked exactly like Mary was looking at us. Both in the one above and the one below -she just seems to be there (except for the absence of eyes). Anyway, once again, thanks for the beautiful grotto in the yard, Dad! It was a great inspiration for all of us growing up!