Yesterday Kelly posted a story that she heard a priest telling about a baby dreaming of the angel friends who were watching over him before his birth. She interpreted that to mean that the baby's soul was in Heaven before he was given his earthly body...and that brought to my mind the times when Middle Sister, at age 4 or 5, used to tell me that she could remember Mary rocking her, and singing to her, and putting her down in her little bed, when she was in Heaven before she was born. In Middle Sister's view of Heaven, all the little babies who were waiting for mommies were well cared for by Jesus' Mommy herself.
Now, we never said anything to Middle Sister about being in Heaven before she came to our family here on earth--it's just something that a little child came up with on her own. But it's a wonderful idea regardless. And let's face it--if someone got to hold and rock my child before I did, I'm sure glad it was Mary!
As it turns out, the angels the priest was mentioning were watching over the baby while he was in his mother's womb.
Theologically correct or not, I really like Middle Sister's view of it. She has an interesting way of thinking about the world, and even at the age of 4 or 5 she had a grasp that Catholics do have a special regard for Mary. She's not called the Blessed Mother for nothing, after all.