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October 24, 1997 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 13 i ii!i;!ii!)ii i ¸:i)ii!iiiiil vi i! 7 JIM and ANN CAVERA In my mind I can still see our youngest son at age three, helping me unload grocery sacks, covering the table with fruits, v'getables and boxes of cereal. Standing on a chair, he surve-s the bounty and his face clouds over "Where's the candv Wlaere's the Coo.? There's nothing here to eatS" he yells. , I think, is one of those teachable moments. out a dollar and hand it to him. "Next time to .the store, you come with me. You can buy _ .ung you want with this dollar." Satisfied with mylt, I.think he'll soon see how little a dollar buys. doll2e sits there for a few minutes, scowling at the bl, '. nen, in a burst of fury, he crumples it into a , runs to the trash can antistuffs it in'. "This Heaven's dollars, Earth's dimes  a guidance counselor at emorial High School Ville ,^ , Evans- ,, ,o.,,e Was "appalled" that ,,s Old as Memorial was" Were n- • there , u SCholarships awarded t)Y e School " 83, tar ks to her efforts, by 1982- OWnsaoo.1 had started its uarstlip fund. • Weidenbenger saw the ne to recogniz ,, ed tribm-,. ¢ students who con- raaitt:y t°sch°°l activities and a ,era": u a.good grade-point b, out because their par- ialere above a certain finan _ " ,evet, the,, w ered fo- ' ere not consid- r SOme scholarships." thing's no good," he grumbles. "It won't fit in the gum machine." I am at a loss to explain that the dol- lar he rejected is worth far more than the dime he thinks he wants. Now, it's almost 20 years later, and I am with him at the same table in the same kitchen. He is eating a snack before he drives back to Ball State where he is in his fifth year of college. Our kids have a long tradi- tion of never graduating in four years and he is doing his part to keep this going. Standing behind him, I kiss the top of his head, which I can reach only when he sits down. I am trying desperately to think of something wise and important to say before he goes back to his world of microwave pizzas at 3 a.m. "Don't forget the Lord," I tell him. A pained look crosses his face. Sensitive mother that I am, I state the obvious. "You don't like for me to talk to you about this, do you?" "Sounds weird, Mom." "Not weird. Before you were born, your Dad and I dedicated you to God. This is who we are." This is the same child who, fifteen years ago, prayed for snow with such certainty that one sunny day he cov- ered himself with snow gear before he went out to play. I am frustrated and sad, and so afraid that he will trade heaven's dollars for this earth's dimes that I forget how tuned in he ahvays is to other people's needs. Last spring, as though he read my mind, he brought me the very book I had decided to read only a few days earlier. This week he stopped at the "Giant Peach" farm stand and spent his meager resources to buy a jar of honey with a piece of honey- comb inside as a gift for his Dad. Am I so worried about religion that I've forgotten about his heart? Late in the dark of night, I am still beating myself up. How could I be so heavy-handed? Why don't I talk less and listen more? Just before a new day begins a quiet thought comes that makes everything right. So my dear son, have you forgotten how to pray? Just wait till you have kids of your own! By Ann Cavera Ann and Jim Cavera write from Evansville. Com- ments about their regular column may be addressed to them, in care of the Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169. Memoriars scholarship becomes endowment 14 1980, when Mary Lou She believed those students ,uener started working "needed to be recognized" for .? Auto Interiors • Convertible To • Truck Seats ps their work, and for "giving of themselves" to Memorial. That scholarship fund is now the newest endowment of the Catholic Foundation of South- western Indiana, Inc., according to Donna Leader, executive director. Memorial's principal Gerry Adams said the time was right to transfer the school's scholar- ship account to an endowment fund with the Catholic Founda- tion "so that it can become per- petual." "The endowment makes it possible for Memorial to guar- antee the scholarship's existence every year," he said. "Our dream would be that this would grow, so that we could not only make a larger award, but more than one award would be given each year." The scholarship was orginally $400; it is now $500. % ,' i i i# '' Memorial High School principal GERRY ADAMS and MARY LOU WEIDENBENER ]] ........ ] St. Peter Celestine Church j Dr. Jane A. Hormuth  Peop.les Chiropractic Physician mll Trust SHOOTING MATC ' ,,,.o,0, H ...... o. 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