“Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.”

I saw them this morning right beside the front steps. My snowdrops, the first real stirrings of spring, have bloomed. Those tiny white flowers have endured snow, below zero temperatures and freezing rain. They are my heroes of spring flowers. They bring hope and joy. Seeing them made me almost giddy. Today is a good day.

The sun is bright but the chilly breeze makes it sweatshirt cold. I have a few stops including the hardware store, not often on my list, and Agway for cat food and litter, two boring places for shopping. I just can’t get excited about nails or screws or wire. As for Agway, they have flowers come spring which redeem the other parts of the store, the boring parts.

I always used to wonder what was under the headpieces the nuns wore. I thought nuns were bald until once I saw a tiny bit of hair from under a coif. I never understood why their outfits were called habits and why most of their habits were black and white, even their thick stockings were black. When my aunt the nun didn’t have to wear a habit any more, she dressed in normal clothes. She also had the worst taste in clothing. I suspect it was because of decades of wearing her habit and not having to choose what to wear or how to accessorize.

Nuns in habits were a bit scary looking when I was young. Most weren’t mean but the habits made them look as if they had the ability to be. A glaring, burning look was all a nun needed for discipline. It wasn’t until I was in the eighth grade that I heard one yell. She was Sister Hildegarde, a legend among us. Even now we all still remember Sister Hildegarde and each of us has a favorite story. I liked her because she was oblivious. I left school during the day, but I always asked permission. She always gave it and never once asked a question about where I was going. I’d just tell her I had to leave but I’d be back. I’d wander around the square, go to the library or have a picnic near the benches at the town hall. I’d mosey back to school after an hour or more of freedom. She’d nod at me to acknowledge my return when I came in and sat down. Usually my friend Jimmy was with me. He took the same delight I did in skirting the line. Nobody else ever came with us. I don’t think they had the same sense of adventure we did or maybe they were just a bit scared. We did it for the fun of it.

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16 Comments on ““Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Down the St Andrews Convert circa 1960, the gang lead by Mother Mary Fidelis were swift to meter out punishment for any minor indiscretion.

    Proudly we were identified as the first boys to be caned for having sung while waiting in line to use the single boys bathroom and that caused Father to call in the goons

    More famously, Mark Mower and I visited the girls bathrooms and slid under each partition locking the doors from the inside. the Nun squad showed up in the classroom demanding that the culprits identify themselves with a promise of amnesty. Mark and I were nobodys fools having told no one of our actions and certainly were not going to face the wrath of the penguins. To this day we still cackle about this although when I am on the down escalator and the dude with the horns and pointy tail is waiting for me, I will be wondering if it was related to not taking a few additional blows when I was 6.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Elementary school was the scene of my crimes. In high school the nuns were far more alert, and Jimmy and I who had chosen the same high school saved our shenanigans for after school. We did have fun.

      He was my best friend for a long time. We were kindred spirits.

  2. olof1 Says:

    Sunny a big part of the day here but rain, mixed with somw snow arrived just before I was driving home. I do hope it won’t be cold tonight becausae I really don’t like when it is too exiting driving to work early in the morning 🙂

    I’m not sure I ever wondered about how nuns looked beneath the Habit. To be honest I only knew about the flying nun 🙂 and had only seen tow real ones until I was eighteen. I was however sure that all monks shaved their heads so that they would be bald on the top 🙂

    I do like hardware stores and can stay there for hours 🙂 The more machines or gadgets they have the longer I stay 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      It got cold today especially in the late afternoon. The rest of the week will also be chilly. It is that wind off the ocean which is the culprit. We love it in the summer but it is deadly in the winter.

      I had nuns all the way through to college where I had priests. I think monks didn’t shave their whole heads but only a part. The shaved part is called a tonsure.

      I think hardware stores are more fun for men than your average woman. I was in and out quite quickly.

      Have a good evening!

  3. Richard Says:

    Glad your snowdrops are coming up. Never heard of ‘em before, so I’ll need to look ‘em up to see what they’re like.

    We’re back to normal February weather, which is getting colder and wetter. Like KC and the Sunshine Band said, “That’s the way (unh-huh, unh-huh) I like it!” …

    Nuns and Cat’lick Skewel. I’m happy I spent only two weeks in Cat’lick Kindergarten under the Regime of Sis. Elvina. My first cousins went to Cat’lick Skewel, but they survived. I don’t think they had as much fun as we did, tho’. Even today, humor isn’t the strong suit.

    When I was attending Confirmation indoctrination classes at St Stephens, I noticed there were some nuns who could be described in today’s terminology as ‘HOT!’ … I always wondered why they chose to become nuns. At that age, I think I may even have had the beginnings of what JIM-may! Cahtah would later describe as “lust in my heart” in a Playboy interview. I still have that issue – you know I only bought it for the interview, right?

    • katry Says:

      They are small quite delicate white flowers. Mine get the morning sun so it must have been warm enough for them.

      We’re in the 40’s but that ocean breeze kills us. It makes it feel so much colder than it is. I like it come summer but not the time of year.

      I loved the schools I attended. Even my college happened to be Catholic. The nuns were, for the most part, excellent teachers. My elementary classes were huge, between 35 and 40 kids, but there were never any problems. My high school would just send trouble makers packing. I remember only one gone for lying, big time lying.

      I figured those women were making a big time sacrifice I could never make.

  4. Bob Says:

    I also wondered what was under the nun’s headgear. Like you I wondered if they shaved their heads. I assumed that under the rest of the habit they wore regular undies like everyone else. Do the brother’s wear undies under their robes? Does a true Scot go commando under the kilt? These are just some the questions that go through a prepubescent boy’s mind.

    It’s interesting that the Head scarf, hijab, worn by some Muslim woman is similar to the headgear worn by some nuns after they ditched the long robe habit and wore street cloths. I assume the purpose of the nun’s habit was to hide their sexuality since they are considered married to Jesus. I then wondered if Jesus was married to all the nuns, was he a bigamist or a polygamist. The same principle of hiding a woman’s sexuality then would apply to the all black covering, the burka, that some very devout Muslim woman wear covering their entire body from head to toe.

    I assume that the Catholic nun’s habit goes back to midieval times or even earlier.

    • katry Says:

      The nuns just had really short hair under their headpieces. Every now and then their habits changed, especially their headpieces which always got smaller so you could see part of their hair. I do believe they wore undies.

      Back in the time of Jesus, all women wore those long dresses and head scarves so I figure that’s where nuns got their dress style.
      Corinthians 11:6 “For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off; but if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should cover her head.”

      I believe you are right. Nuns didn’t want to be the source of lust for men. Besides, they were n to all that big on individuality.

    • minicapt Says:

      A true Scot is Regimental under his kilt.


  5. minicapt Says:

    Snowdrops? They were up at the beginning of Feb. Right now, the Croci are flourishing happily; the Hyacinths and Daffodils are in bud, with flowers due next week.


  6. Mary & Sam Says:

    Since you have been pushed off the web for the few songs you share here are some great music sites to enjoy in the interim:

    Heartbreak Hotel
    Note: Download files, RARs, do not contain album information. You must get that from the webpage.

    Music pour (Presque) tous

    Jukebox City
    download via “Enjoy!” or “re-post”in comments or via album numbers

    Instrumental Music Café

    Twilight Zone


    • katry Says:

      Thanks so much Mary and Sam

      I’m going to have such fun listening it may interfere with my nap. I will bookmark all of these so I can keep going back. I put up some music today hoping they will not be of interest to the hunters.

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