Sunday Brunch: The Keychain

This Sunday, let’s hear it for keychains: keeping our wild-hearted keys in check every day, and with nearly no thanks.

On Monday, I headed to the post office to mail some packages. There was a dude (not a guy, not a man, but decidedly, a dude) in front of me in the line.

He was applying for a passport, and as he turned to make a copy of some document, I saw a large key ring dangling from his jeans. His name was on one of the keychains. Nathan.

So I thought about those times in movies when some stranger whispers the name of the protagonist intensely, and the protagonist turns, startled, and gasps, “How did you know my name?” And then the mysterious person dodges the question and makes some kind of vague but relevant prophecy. And I realized I was in that moment, except in real life.


He turns; his passport papers flutter to the ground.

“How did you know my name?”

“Nathan, that thing you are so worried about. Do not fear. All will be well.”

Tears form around the rims of the eyes. “Thank you,” he whispers, lip trembling. “Thank you.”

But before I could do that, it was my turn to mail a letter. And the post office is so slow anyway….I didn’t want to hold things up.

Next time.


Jane Sloan


B. Jane Sloan is a writer and high school theology teacher from Atlanta, GA. In addition to blogging for Catholic Exchange, she has been published in Our Sunday Visitor, Notre Dame Magazine and the literary journal Omnibus. Jane graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2007 with a B.A. in theology and philosophy. In 2009, she graduated with an M. Ed. from Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education. In 2009 Jane made a 500-mile pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain. She spent summer 2010 as an intern planting vegetables and baking bread at the Abbey of Regina Laudis OSB in Bethlehem, CT. In 2011 she was present among the millions at the beatification of Blessed John Paul II. She is currently working toward her M.A. in Theology. Follow her on Twitter @CE_SundayBrunch. Follow her other blog on all-natural eating at

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