The rocking chairs in the both alcoves at the back of historic Sacred Heart Church in downtown Tampa surprised me. As I explored that church, the chairs were a welcoming contrast to the hard, straight wooden pews lined up in the main church.
Almost hidden from the congregation and unoccupied at this weekday mass, the rocking chairs, I imagined, held mothers relaxing in them as they soothed or nursed their children during Sunday Mass.
I was early for Mass, having walked from the conference hotel the hot mile on this September day. In one alcove, two rockers were almost hidden under a staircase. I sat in the smaller one, which reminded me of where I sat to rock my babies. This Mama Bear Rocker seemed to beckon to me as it waited contentedly next to the taller Papa Bear rocker.