“A Rat In The House May Eat The Ice Cream”

A Rat In The House May Eat The Ice Cream”

blog post by Mr. Close, 6-8th grade Science and Religion

Sister Jean, my 6th grade math teacher at St. Aedans, was an amazing teacher with a special power; Sister could speed nap. I know, sounds impossible but here’s how it worked: Sister Jean would be in the middle of a math lesson at the board. She would anchor herself  slightly against the black board and in the middle of a sentence, close her eyes and stop talking. Timmy Dinnon, John Ford, Sally Vece, and the rest of us would sit, silently counting off the seconds with our fingers below the vintage desk tops. Then, about 9 seconds later, she would open her eyes and continue exactly where she left off in the sentence! She never repeated herself or skipped a word. Jude Ahern swore her record was 17 seconds but I recall her getting into low double digits only three times. She would do this 3 or 4 times in a 45 minute period. Let’s see; if she taught 7 periods x 4 speed naps x 9 seconds, that equals 252 seconds…less than 4.25 minutes actually. So why was she speed napping?

I believe to this day Sister Jean was reserving her energy (a few seconds at a time) for her 3rd passion in life (behind God and math): cheerleading! Sister Jean was an explosive cheerleading coach! I can still hear  her raspy voice yelling “Ready – O – K !” in the school basement gymnasium. She was a drill instructor with a SSJ pin on her sweat shirt and crucifix around her neck. The Farrah Fawcett hair-styled cheerleaders jumped when she entered but they loved her. She knew her stuff too, even leading the St Aedan’s Girls Cheerleading Squad to a New England Championship in 1977.  

So, to dear Sister Jean who taught Peter Thomas how to spell arithmetic and did so much more for the children of the schools she graced, God bless your memory.

P.S. That’s her on far right, very proud of her squad.