One of my favorite remembrances

@marie2052 (3697)
United States
November 22, 2011 10:26pm CST
I was 15 when I decided to start working. Back in the 60's there was NOT a fast food or even retail store on every corner. Also stores closed early. I had already decided I wanted to at that minute be a nurse. Never made it to a nurse but took other avenues in the medical world. So I began my job as a nurses aide. Spent three years there with the 11 Carmelite Nuns and Mother Superior. We had 2 nuns that had the same first name. Sister Ursula in the office and Sister Ursula in the kitchen. And it was actually how you addressed them so everyone would know which one you were talking about. I had just starting working and remember I had to go down to get extra bread for the second floor meal. We had stairs at the end of the hall that would take you down to the kitchen where you would always find Sister Ursula. I only weighed 85lbs when I started working there. When she first met me, she commented on how thin I was. The following Sunday bless her heart, this elderly nun come up those 2 flights of stairs and brought me Sunday dinner before she would allow anyone else to eat. As long as I worked there for those 3 years every Sunday was baked chicken and stuffing. After that first time she came to bring me a plate, every sunday she would call up and make me come down to make my plate until I left working for them and joined the Army in 1970. I was thinking about it with Thursday being Thanksgiving. I bet she is still cooking and trying to feed everyone up in Heaven now! While most of the kitchen girls did not like her because she was very strict, I have always had a special place in my heart for her and she was never unkind to me. However, she never put any weight on me from eating her dinners LOL
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@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
24 Nov 11
It seems you have a lot of nice memories of your life before and during the army. It sounds like she treated you as a mother. Mothers always want to make sure you eat and are always trying to get their daughters to gain weight. She must have felt sorry for you and wanted to take you under her wing. Maybe the other girls misjudged her, or maybe they treated her different than you did. A lot of women seem to want to feed everyone and sometimes that is the only way they can show their affections. It is nice to think that there will always be someone to remember you fondly.
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@MaryLynn321 (2680)
• United States
24 Nov 11
Sounds like a wonderful memory. I volunteered as a candy striper because I wanted to be a nurse, needless to say doing that showed me that nursing was not for me. Sounds like you had a very good experience. I know I have many good memories as well as the not so good ones from my experience. I too worked with sister. And met a really nice elderly nun who worked in the bakery, she always had some goodies to share. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours