Sisters in scooters

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.

About Christina Capecchi

Christina Capecchi is an award-winning journalist from Inver Grove Heights, Minn. She is the author of the nationally syndicated column “Twenty Something,” which appears in more than 50 Catholic newspapers across the country. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, America, The Chicago Tribune, The Star Tribune and The Pioneer Press. She also provides contracted editing and writing services. She holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor’s from Mount Mercy University.