you know you’re a kitschy Catholic when…

… you think having a bathtub in your in front yard is a superb idea.

Some one left an old tub on the side of the road and my first thought upon seeing it was to immediately call a friend and beg them to bring their truck so I could take it home and stick it in my yard. Imagine it! My very own Bathtub Madonna. My Abuelita would be so proud.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14867102109603578104 Elise

    It's REALLY Catholic when you have geese, on either side, guarding Mary. That rocks!

  • dmw

    Poor St. Anthony lost his tub.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04229134781669560505 Rick

    You need to get a permit to build a grotto but not to plant a bathtub.

  • doughboy

    you know it kinda works.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01678341854029479678 Old Bob

    I like it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05135250280137810563 Jen

    These are *everywhere* back home in New Orleans and the southeastern region of Louisiana… not so prevalent here in the Seattle area!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01715690632758132549 Denita

    Whatever works for you…

  • http://eighthsacrament.wordpress.com/ eighthsacrament

    OMG, it makes my day whenever I see one of these. I want one soooo bad. Not just any BVM, but one in an upturned tub. And somewhere else in the yard I will someday have, I want St. Francis of Assisi and a STL Cardinals yard gnome (not under a bathtub).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04319784922747041297 s-p

    I love it! But I have to say I'd probably string Christmas lights around it too. Really.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08107161894913745109 Fr Paul Johnson

    It's wonderful. Maybe we need more of these in the UK too.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04121823336083912055 Eliz

    Where I'm from it's called Mary on the half-shell. Commonly seen in the traditionally Polish or Italian neighborhoods in Rust Belt cities. Right down the street from the tavern that serves the best Lenten fish fries. I'm making myself homesick.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06930178467943742640 Katie

    We have one built in our neighborhood that is set into the side of the house and decorated like Our Lady of Guadalupe. They spruce her up with lighted rays from her Feast day through Christmas. The tub behind her is pained with gold leaf.It's really actually quite spectacular.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14272491919194083355 Mike in CT

    This outdoor sanctuary, sadly, USED to exist in my hometown growing up. The guy who made it went off to a nursing home and the town had to sell off the property for the back taxes (he apparently never paid them) and the house is now condemned. But it was, while it lasted, a beautiful testimony to Our Lady and this man's faith.http://culturehighculturelow.blogspot.com/2009/11/my-first-experience-with-outsider-art.html

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07272003035464034763 tubbs

    You are risking the wrath of Heaven!!! Several visionaries have reported that Our Lady is not happy with these. She can only restrain her Son so much. And for South Jersey??? she says "Boy, do whatcha gotta do!"

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13093937327145346752 nazareth priest

    Hey, Kat…better watchit!The Bishops are gonna start "corralling" Catholic bloggers (LOL!)I know it's true because Mr. Terry said so:http://abbey-roads.blogspot.com/2010/06/bishops-are-very-troubled-by-catholic.html:

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01469622835449220113 Dymphna

    Do you cut the tub in half or do you bury part of it?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04319784922747041297 s-p

    If you bury it it makes it harder for your wife to dig up and haul off while you're at work. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03410036109552960366 The Old Kr0w

    This is SO cool to me, in the West Texas area they have these all over the place, mostly the dark skinned BVM

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13093937327145346752 nazareth priest

    And FYI:I did not allow the bathtub from the house we are "gutting" at our future "Priory" to become a "Shrine"…sorry…white trash is out…we have Mennonite neighbors here…the neighborhood needs to have some "integrity"…I know, I know. I'm being a total "p***"; I just don't want the neighbors to think we're totally white trash, okay?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03836593204346420521 Joe G.

    Very interesting! The idea is to NOT notice the bathtub, which is obviously impossible. I'd say anyone who displays one of these Marys on the half-shell is super devout.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08801550163296067699 Marie

    I hope to have one of those someday! (With La Virgen de Guadalupe inside.) I'd like to decorate it kitchen tiles. I've always thought they were wonderful, and as a baptist growing up seeing one always made me curious about 'them Catholics'.


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