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Fighting My Mother’s Battles

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

In 1921, when my mother was ready to graduate from Sacred Heart Elementary School, her grades tied for first place with another girl in her class.  My mother was proud when she, not the teacher, figured out how to break the tie by using decimals.  She was even prouder when the decimals revealed that she, and she alone, had won the coveted honor reserved for the girl graduating with the highest marks—the honor of crowning the Blessed Virgin Mary during the school’s annual May procession.

If as a child I had any pride in my mother’s accomplishment, it was lost in my efforts to wrest the story back from her and change what happened next.   (more…)

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