On Wednesday, May 4, St. Mary’s Home got a jump on Cinco de Mayo celebrations. In order to bid farewell to the postulants from the Conventual Franciscan Friars, who have been volunteering weekly at our Home, our Residents, Sisters, and staff gathered in our auditorium for a party—a delicious lunch and some raucous fun!
Palates were tickled by a tasty meal of Mexican fare, including tacos, quesadillas, frijoles, arroz, and ensalada. Sisters donned special aprons and served the eager partygoers.
No doubt, one of the highlights of the afternoon was the piñata filled with goodies, a hallmark of Mexican festive traditions. Suspended high, just out of reach, the brightly colored papier-mâché donkey was the inviting target for our blindfolded contestants, eager to take a whack at it with a stick.
To make the game more interesting and challenging, the rope supporting the piñata was pulled up and down, moving it away from each determined blow.
Gales of laughter erupted as contestants flailed about, never landing a solid hit on the elusive burro. Eventually, the piñata was broken, spilling its sweet contents, which were readily accepted by our smiling, delighted Residents.
The fiesta concluded with the chicken dance and scrumptious strawberry ice cream. With full bellies and happy hearts, the Residents retired to their rooms for an afternoon siesta.