I'd not seen her for many years! This "Sister of Charity" had a great effect on many people. I remember her saying: she came to this house to trim the other sisters' hair." I was a child then.. so many years ago.
It was quite a long drive out to her home. My wait in the lobby seemed like ages, before they found her. Brought her the cookies she used to love. I was greeted with "Hello Mother."
Shocked, I ignored with "Hello Sister Sheila. How are you?" We then sat at the table and she asked if "Father was coming down for dinner soon?" I related stories of my familyand that everyone was well. Sadly, she didn't seem to remember me or them.
A few minutes later, I stood up. Leaving the cookies for her & her friends, I said I must return home soon after I check on Sr. Rita.
As I was leaving, I remembered diagramming sentences on the blackboard. In my mind's eye, I saw our little black & white composition books with Sr. Sheila's corrections. I recalled her walk through the classroom aisles dispensing her strict guidance on manners & good behavior. I saw her bent fingers as she'd lead us in daily prayers.
One particular class came to mind. Sr. Sheila had spent the weekend playing & replaying "Bridge over Troubled Water". All this effort was to obtain all the lyrics for us. Sr. Sheila had used her Pitman shorthand, steno & typing skills obtained from her former career. I think it was the same class where she said she'd made a bargain with God. She would do his work if He'd stop her illness. So Sheila Mary McCormick became a Sister of Charity and began teaching English to elementary school children.
And we're all the better for it. God Bless our teachers!