Kindergarten , Mrs. Killian . She once caught me being naughty, sent me to the corner when I cupped my hands over my mouth and stuck my tongue out at her! I was mortified because I was shy. I know it is hard to believe today but back than I was afraid of my own shadow! I fixed her though here is what I was really thinking:
I was a strong willed kid, what else can I possible say!
You know there is a story behind those incredible short bangs. My mom had this friend Zolly who cut our hair. She lived on Berwind Street in Bojontown, No Zolly did not make a mess of my bangs I did! Boy did I get into trouble with my mother! When I look back I often wonder how my mother survived raising me! I will talk about Zolly later in a different post. Bojons, they are multi-talented!
First Grade: Sister Leocadia O.S.B. I was so afraid of this woman. If you were ever a small child and had to deal with nuns that look like penguins in their black and white habits because they belong to the Benedictine Order you can relate. I figured the best way around this nun was to get on her good side. She asked if anyone had a hole punch that she could borrow! I eagerly raised my hand! I didn't have one but my older sister did! To this very day my sissy will remind me how that nun stole her hand held paper punch!
Second Grade: Sister Caroline O.S.B. Although this "nice" looking nun appeared to love small children and she was the sister of our parish priest Father Daniel Gnidica I figured she must be nice! Ha! Until she turned into Miss Agatha Trunchbull ( the evil teacher from the movie Matilda) The woman said I was not to use my left hand. She tried to force me to use my right hand. I told her she was making me ill. She had I was not wanting to do what I was told! I said, "Sister, I am going to be sick" and she replied "No you aren't" and I puked inside my second grade religion book! They never asked me to use my right hand again!
Third Grade: Miss Octavia Cook, the woman was a spinster but she could be very kind to children. While attending third grade we learned how to square dance with boys and we all thought it was pretty gross, boys included ! Nonetheless it was a nice lesson and we learned how to take direction! Here I am in the third grade:
a great deal with her Crews Beggs discount as Mrs. Rose Ballas worked in the girl's department. Bojons are generous people!
Fourth Grade: Sister Beatrice.O.S.B. This is a tough one! This nun was possible the devil himself or perhaps his twin sister. Nonetheless, she was quite mean and wielded a long yardstick! If you got in her way she would whack you out of play! We all learned to be patient and tolerant of this evil woman. I started wearing glasses in the fourth grade. That alone will destroy a girls confidence. Please do not be frightened when you see this photo: