My 2-year-old son is fascinated by wheels. Every day he pores over Richard Scarry's book "Cars and Trucks and Things That Go," making little sound effects as he traces the excavator's arm and the firetruck's ladder.
So the highlight of a recent visit to Little Sisters of the Poor Holy Family Residence in St. Paul was not the birthday cake or party hats but the sisters' scooters. He marched right up and touched the wheels, enthralled.
The Little Sisters were so kind. They let him take his time. They admired his curls. One even offered him a ride.
In their old age, they continue to practice "joyful hospitality," welcoming the oldest and youngest in their midst.
As Archie grows, I hope he continues to look up to these women on wheels.
Catholic sisters have always been movers and shakers. It is inspiring to watch them in action.
Even a toddler can see it: These women are going places.