There comes a time in the lives of certain Catholic school attendee’s, when they consider becoming either a priest or a nun.
Yeah I know, for all the complaining I’ve shared over these past 6 years, in which I’ve expressed to you how much I disliked going to Catholic school, there was a time when I actually considered becoming a “man of the cloth.”
No, allow me to correct myself. Not a man of the cloth, but rather a “man of the habit.”
Yes, I wanted to become a MALE nun, which I knew would be impossible. However, I was utterly fascinated by the way a nun dressed, more so than a priest. I always thought it would be kind of cool to wear a nifty headdress and a floor-length gown, with a set of long-hanging rosary beads dangling from the waist, which always made a loud clanky noise every time a nun walked down the school corridor; causing all the students to shake in paralyzing fear they were going to get cracked over the knuckles with a wooden ruler, or be made to stand outside in the freezing snow and clap chalkboard erasers to clean them, as a means of cleansing away their HORRIBLE SINS.
Oh, how I dreamed of having such divine power!
And being someone who glorifies the color black, that only added more intrigue to the whole ensemble.
I mean come on ladies, admit it, is there anything more classic and chic than a simple black dress with a built-in white bib?
*can you imagine eating LOBSTER in this?
My thoughts of becoming a nun all started when I saw the movie, The Trouble With Angels, while I was still in Catholic grammar school. It was one of the only films the Catholic Archdiocese allowed us to watch during our annual "movie day", because it starred, Rosalind Russell (as Mother Superior), and didn’t contain any nudity or curse words. It also starred, Haley Mills and June Harding (as students).
It is a charming movie about two young ladies who attend an all-girls Catholic high school, with the option of becoming nuns after they graduate.
The story takes you a humorous journey through all the trouble the two girls get themselves into, being sentenced to detention (washing pots) almost every week.
Towards the end of the film, you begin to see that Mary Clancy (Haley Mills) is experiencing some kind of epiphany because she feels spiritually called to the vocation, which is totally unexpected because she seems the least likely candidate to become a nun.
And I have to say, the ending is very touching.
Yeah, so after I saw this movie, I decided I wanted to go into the nunhood.
I even used to practice being a nun (hiding in my bedroom with the door closed and listening to Bobby Sherman records) by placing one of my black T-shirts on top of my head, pretending that it was a nun’s headdress.
Hmm…but then I had my own epiphany about becoming a nun.
You see, it really wouldn't work.
Because my habit would also include a Marlboro Light…
Wishing you nunsense weekend everyone!