August 17, 2010
English Composition Midterm
As Sister Mary and I discussed the decline of nuns in the U.S since 1987, we heard a child's cry. (The Reader's Companion to U.S Women's History) We stood for a second and waited for the cry again. There were rarely any children at our monastery therefore hearing a child's cry was a shock to both of us. We both began to search and went in different directions. As I walked towards the alter of the church, the cry became louder. I took one step up to the alter and saw a cardboard box with a blanket and a baby girl inside.
When I, Sister Emily, first seen this child I wasn't sure what to do. I was feeling many different emotions at one time. Finding her at our monastery certainly alarmed me but I also felt angry and sad. With the average winter temperature at 30.9 degrees here in Colorado Springs, CO, I couldn't understand who would have a child with only a t-shirt. (Average Winter Temperatures -- Colorado Springs) My first thought was, who would abandon such a precious baby and why would they leave her with strangers? Hearing her cry made me want to just hold and sooth her. I wanted her to feel loved and not feel as though she had been abandoned although she was. Although I was feeling so many emotions, I had to think about what the next step would be.
Would we raise her here at the monastery's orphanage or turn her in to the authorities? We had to decide what was best for the baby girl. As we discussed this as a group at the monastery, it didn't seem as though we were agreeing on one solution. A few of the members believed that there may be a possibility that this could be a case of child abduction and calling the authorities would be the best solution. Other members did not believe that an abductor would just leave a child at an alter and thought keeping her at the orphanage would be the best solution. We agreed that we would call the authorities and offer to keep the child here at... [continues]
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