Mary, Did You Know?

Mama Mary at 81, five years ago. Photo by Ben Pierce

Christmas Morning is just dawning. God’s in His heaven (unless he’s at the hospital looking through the nursery window at his new baby boy), so all must be right with the world.

I call New Hanover Medical Center’s CCU to find out if Mama Mary’s feeding tube was removed at four o’clock this morning. Her nurse, Zack, comes on the line. “Merry Christmas, Mrs. Pierce.” I don’t bother to correct him, just say, “Merry Christmas to you, Zack; thanks for all you do,” and ask my question. Then . . .

“I have to ask, do you have the password?”

I’m locked out of Mama’s hard drive because I don’t have the password. I want to say, “I’m her firstborn! That’s password enough!” But I don’t. He reports to a higher authority who’d kick his behind if he revealed anything to the firstborn of his HIPPA-protected patient lying in the Critical Care Unit.

Mary did you know* that in the early morning hours of the day 2,011 years after little baby Jesus was born (well, minus one day, but who’s counting) that you would fall? Again? Mary, did you know that the little baby boy would one day give sight to a blind man? Mary, did you know that this time your fall would lead to emergency surgery to save your eye and, hopefully, your sight? Mary, did you know that your own baby girl, only seventeen days and sixty years old, would need a secret code to find out about your condition?

And Mary – did you know that when you’ve kissed your little baby, you’ve kissed the face of God?

“This is going to frustrate you,” Zack kindly says, “but I can’t tell you anything without that password.”

A pause.

“It’s all good news though.”

That is enough. Merry Christmas, Mary.

I’ll get the password, Mama, when I think your suns are up.


*Title taken from the song, Mary, Did You Know? by Mark Lowry, copyright 1984

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