“Then Sister Aquinata abandoned the nonviolent methods and produced a rolling pin from somewhere.”

Today hasn’t had the best start. I turned off the air conditioner and opened the doors and windows upstairs and downstairs. When I opened the doors, a blast of hot humid air immediately made me regret the decision so I went around closing the doors and windows and turned the air back on; of course, Gracie then wanted out so I opened the door, let her out, shut the door and kept watch. She stood by the stairs for a few minutes surveying the yard then turned around and wanted back in so I opened the door and let her in. She did it again and so did I. After she came in, I sat on the couch and noticed one of the cats had been sick on my computer top. I cleaned it up, sat down and started to read the papers. Gracie sat close on the floor by me and stared, just stared and drove me crazy. I gave her a treat which she ate on the rug then she got on the couch for her morning nap, mission accomplished. I then opened the first paper and finally had my cup of coffee. That it didn’t spill I found amazing.

A thundershower for today and rain continuing into the night and maybe into tomorrow is the forecast. The day is dark. A small breeze ruffles the leaves on the oak tree. No birds are at the feeders this morning and not even the spawn has made an appearance. They must be hunkering down before the storm. I guess that’s what I’m doing.

Mostly everybody I knew went to St. Patrick’s Grammar School. Each grade had two classes loaded with kids. Some of my classes had as many as thirty-five or forty kids, but despite the number, there were never discipline problems. When I was young, I thought the nuns were scary and crossing them was done at one’s own peril. Nobody even whispered. I do remember an acceptable sound. When kids raised their hands to be called on for an answer, they’d wave their arms and say “Sisster, sisster,” hoping to be noticed. It always sounded like hissing from a roomful of snakes. Lunch time meant we could talk quietly. We could even get out of our seats but only for a basement or trash run. At our school we didn’t ask to go to the bathroom. We asked to go to the basement as that was where the two bathrooms were. The older we were the higher we were and the longer the trip. The first graders had to go down two sets of stairs while the oldest kids had to go down six. The girls’ bathroom was really old with wooden stalls and exposed pipes across the ceiling. Sometimes there was water on the floor, but I loved that bathroom. It meant freedom if only for a short while.


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12 Comments on ““Then Sister Aquinata abandoned the nonviolent methods and produced a rolling pin from somewhere.””

  1. flyboybob Says:

    When I attended school in the Dallas Independent School district corporal punishment was dispensed in the hall by the principal. He always carried a four foot long wooden paddle so that every kid knew the coincidences of acting out. The method of delivering the pain and embarrassment was always clearly in view. After a fair warning by the teacher, the principal would call you out into the hall, then have you bend over and hold your ankles while the whacks were administrated in a loud voice to ensure everyone knew the price for bad behavior. Of course this was the era of legal segregation and black and white TV.

    A cool front came through and the high temperature is forecast in the low 90s. Fall can’t be far behind. The a Rangers are headed for a 100 loss season without their popular and winningest manager, Ron Washington, who resigned yesterday without giving any reason other than personal family issues. The Dallas Cowboys open their season tomorrow on their way to another 8 and 8 record under the leadership of GM and owner Jerry Jones.

    • katry Says:

      Corporal punishment has not been legal here in my lifetime, and I don’t don’t have any idea if or when it was. Going to the principal’s office for tongue lashing was the worst punishment there was until high school when you got a detention. They made us copy Bible verses.

      We haven’t had the rain yet and the sun has appeared a couple of times so I don’t know when the storm will get here. Everywhere has predicted it so I guess it is just a matter of time.

      We had summer reappear this week as every day since Monday has been hot and humid. It was the best summer then this.

      The Sox are so far behind they look as if they’re ahead. They have already started using the young players who weren’t projected this early in the big leagues. The Patriots have been predicted to take their division.

      I read about Ron Washington and his resignation for a private reason.

      • flyboybob Says:

        The cry of wait till next year will be heard in lot’s of baseball towns this month. Next year there will be a new commissioner who is predicted to make the DH the rule everywhere. Will it fly in the senior league? I can’t predict, but I for one think the DH ruined the strategy of the game and turned the American League into a home run contest. Maybe baseball is headed for different players hitting with a separate fielding team. Who would have thought baseball would have instant replay? Maybe they will bring in a home run contest if the game is tied after nine innings because it’s better for TV. Unfortunately, it’s a business now and not even a sport.

      • katry Says:

        Everything is a business in sports now. The cost of running a team in any of the major sports is astronomical. Look at the recent baseball contracts to big name players. Football is another game with huge paychecks for the name players.

        I like the instant replay as sometimes the ump doesn’t have the right view to see what really happened. He does the best he can but the replays show which were bad calls and some meant losing a game.

        I would not like a tie game being decided by a home run contest, and I don’t think it would ever happen. Who would pitch? Do they keep HR derby pitchers in every park who are affiliated with no team? Is it sudden death? I don’t think baseball fans would go for it.

      • flyboybob Says:

        May be the home run derby would be pitched by a sophisticated computer controlled pitching machine controlled by the opposite team’s manager 🙂 I don’t think it will happen but who would have thought the DH would last this many years.

      • katry Says:

        You are far into the future with that one!

  2. olof1 Says:

    We did talk a lot since we often worked in groups but otherwise I guess we were quite quiet. It was a totally different thing when we started seventh grade, something had changed that summer and I guess most teachers saw us as devils to be even if it wasn’t a religious school 🙂 Today polititians have played so much with our school system that it is one of the worst in Europe.

    Very nice weather here yesterday and today look much the same now in the morning. It should stay nice all day but tomorrow the raining will start again.

    I was looking at the realmtime lightning map just now and it looks like You don’t have any thunderstorms right now (that would be around 12 at night) It does however not record lighting between clouds so I mighty be wrong 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      When I taught, the kids were generally good, and I had very few problems over the whole course of my teaching. The school systems here are very local though the students can only graduate if they pass the state test,. Some states are notorious for bad schools so parents will send their kids to private or religious schools to get a better education.

      Tomorrow this weather pattern will start to change and gone will be the heat and humidity. It will get down to the 60’s by Monday.

      Nope, you’re right. The thunderstorms never made it here but some places got hammered. There are towns with a lot of damage from microbursts. Big trees fell and hit wires so some people have no electricity. The rain was torrential at times. I saw the pictures during the late news.

      Enjoy your Sunday.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    That morning started badly but at least the coffee remained in the cup.
    We weren’t supposed to talk in class unless we were answering the teacher. We weren’t supposed to pass notes or chew gum either but we all did. And we always got caught.
    Most of the T storms passed to the north of me but I did get a small taste. Not much wind but lots of loud thunder.
    It’s Sunday morning now. Lovely and cool. Thank you, Cold Front. All my windows are open and the AC is off. Only the fans are running on low. It feels wonderful.
    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Nuns had an aura. They wore strange clothes and they demanded obedience. We were glad to oblige.

      No storms here but rain late, sometime after 1:30 as that’s when I turned off the light-no thunder.

      Beautiful morning here too.

  4. Jay Bird Says:

    I recall we had a small lunch room off the attached church at Our Lady of Victory grade school. Only the “unfortunates” ate there… the children of widows who had to work. Everyone else walked home for lunch, as mom was there for us all day, every day, as required in the 1950’s.

    My first taste of cafeteria food was high school. It was rather liberating, although the girls sat on one side of the huge “caf” and boys on the other. Didn’t help my waistline any, but it prepared me for college cafeteria food.

    Lovely day in northern New York! All the storms missed us.

    • katry Says:

      We had no cafeteria. Some kids went home but many of us lived too far away so we brought our lunches. When I was older, we used to leave by sneaking our lunches out and go somewhere nice for lunch like under the trees on benches near the town hall.

      My first cafeteria was also in high school, but we could sit where we wanted.

      Lovely Sunday here and this morning, Monday, is wonderfully cool.

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