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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Convent Girls by Kathy Lundy Derengowski

Photo taken in Lake Forest, IL of V. Scheid and D. Limback

                                   Convent Girls 

50 years have come and gone, it was the best of times;

Our study halls and SATs, our adolescent crimes

The white gloves that we had to wear, and Reverend Mother's feast.

A congé might be in the works, when we'd expect it least.

The clacking of the signal, when we had to get in line

The boarders using flashlights, to study after nine.

The day-hops rolling up their skirts when they got on the bus

The shared and special history that makes you one of us.

The competitions that we had, as tests, or for a team

The curtsies every Monday as we took our cards at Prîmes

The Mistress General coaxing, "Would you like to be a nun?"
Like talking to a brick wall,- we were having so much fun.

We knew, at graduation, that we would meet again

To share, and to remember, when our lives were "Trés Bien".

                                                Kathy Lundy Derengowski - 2011

Kathy Lundy Derengowski shared this poem written in honor of her El Cajon Reunion hosted April 2012 in San Diego, CA 

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