The young girl with pigtails stood in front of Maria-sama with hands clasped in prayer. It seemed mere routine to do this every morning; sometimes the prayer was serious, otherwise it was just something said. Today it was a mix of both.
"Maria-sama , You are blessed to be the Mother of God. Grant me the courage to do well in school and to do as God would wish of me. Protect my family at home and keep safe my Oneesama. I want to try to live up to Oneesama's ideals today in my work. Watch over all of us here under your guidance. Your heart contains all the beauty in the world and the silent but powerful gift your Son offered to all of us. Please grant my petition as you see fit. Amen."
A final bow of her head in respect to the statue and Yumi looked up and turned, ready to greet whomever was coming along the path this time.