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Memory Lane Time [May. 3rd, 2004|01:04 am]
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I just read something that reminded me of an incident in my childhood. I went to a Catholic grade school in the days before political correctness. Back then a Nun was being polite if she gave you the choice between her smacking you or having to write a sentence some multiple of a hundred times. The head Nun always told us that she thought getting hit was the choice you should pick as that just takes a second and it's over, but writing sentences could take you hours.

So anyway, the school had a library full of children's books and the first and second graders had a library period once a week where we went, picked a book to check out, read it and returned it (or renewed it more often then returning it) the next week. Well, one book I returned was lost in the shuffle and no one believe I returned it no matter how much I protested. Eventually my parents gave me a few bucks and forced me to pay for a book I told everyone I returned. I lost my library privilege for lying about returning the book.

For a month or so I just sat fuming at a table in that little library while the rest of the class picked their books. Then one day I was taken out of class by the Nun who ran the library. She found my book, I had returned it like I said all along, and she was very apologetic.

I didn't want my library privilege back by that time, and I told them I wasn't going to check any more books out of the library. About two or three weeks after the Nun apologized, out of pressure from both the Nuns and my parents, I started checking out books again, but I never read those books. I just returned them the next week and grabbed something else off one of the shelves to return unread. To this day, prefer to buy my books rather than use a library.

Actually, from all the books I have bought over the years, I basically have a small library of my own now. Every once in a while I make an effort to catalog and/or record exactly what books I have, but that never gets very far before I quit.

Strange the memories that can be dragged up by reading an account that is only superficially similar to something that happened in a person's life.

[User Picture]From: tom_vroom
2004-05-03 10:35 am (UTC)

Yes, strange

I'm sorry this happened to you. However I wonder why (and I'm sure today you don't remember) after it came out that you did in fact return the book, you still chose to boycott the library?

This says something about your convictions I think. Thanks for sharing it though.

Me :)
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[User Picture]From: nitemirror
2004-05-03 08:03 pm (UTC)

Re: Yes, strange

I was ... what? 6 or 7 years old and *EVERY* authority figure in my life, my parents and the Nuns, were telling me I was wrong and lying, and I was punished for over a month for simply checking out AND RETURNING a book. Suddenly they say they are wrong (at the age I was adults are *never* wrong) and they want me to do what they punished for in the first place all over again. I didn't want to set myself up to be falsely accused again.

I was *scared* of losing or damaging a book and not being able to return it. If I got that kind of punishment for doing nothing wrong, what kind of punishment would I get if I actually did something?
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