Note from Dan: This little nugget from Ron May emerged on the Wednesday OPEN thread. It deserves its own.
“As has been my practice for the years I have served here I have a monthly breakfast with some of the retired nuns who live on the grounds of the Ministry Center. This morning I sat next to Sr. Mary who spent her life as a Poor Handmaid teaching in and leading Catholic schools.
Toward the end of her career the school she led was faced with a unique problem. A number of 12-year-old girls were beginning to use lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom. That was fine provided it was of a natural or neutral skin tone, but after they put on their lipstick, they would press their lips to the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints.
Every night the maintenance man would remove them; and the next day the girls would put them back. Finally, the principal, Sr. Mary, decided that something had to be done. She called all the girls to the bathroom and met them there with the maintenance man. She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the custodian, who had to clean the mirrors every night (you can just imagine the yawns from the little princesses).
To demonstrate how difficult it had been to clean the mirrors, Sister Mary asked the maintenance man to show the girls how much effort was required. He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in the toilet, and cleaned the mirror with it.
There were no lip prints on the mirror after that.
There are teachers…… And then there are educators!
We need a few more Sr. Mary’s in our schools today.”