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LJI Week Six: Not my first rodeo

Six schools in nine months.

Navy blue knee socks.  Or green.  Sometimes black.

Saddle shoes or Keds or Mary janes.

Is the Wednesday Mass Latin or Spanish or English?

Can girls be altar servers or do we have to let the boys do it?  Regardless, thanks Vatican Two.

He drank it  all away. Priest, father, cousin.

Same as it ever was.  Save you as it should have never been..

It's hard to remember.   Kelly green socks are my favorite.  It's hard to remember why it was okay when you pressed the issue.

But I leaned...and learned...and learned.

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wantedonvoyage
Nov. 13th, 2018 11:14 pm (UTC)
One diocese near me used to have female altar servers but the current bishop put the kibosh on it. He's on his way out!
tonithegreat
Nov. 16th, 2018 05:01 am (UTC)
So succinct and so evocative. Beautifully done. Also, not easy to comment on, somehow.
tjoel2
Nov. 16th, 2018 03:38 pm (UTC)
Great rhythm to this piece.
rejeneration
Nov. 18th, 2018 10:51 am (UTC)
Wow, previous commenters took all mine! So, first, there's a lyricism to this. Like tjole2 said, it's got a great rhythm!

tonithegreat said this was both succinct and evocative, and I totally agree with both! It's the reminiscence that really has me, though, because there feels like there's this underlying level of discord that I'm vibrating on, here, but I can't for the life of me tell you where it's coming from! Am I wrong? Is it just to be taken at face value? I do not know! =D

Like wantedonvoyage said that their old diocese used to allow it. Mine never did. I wanted to be an altar girl so badly, but we weren't allowed. Honestly, I'm not so sure that's a bad thing in hindsight. The household I grew up in... I was PRIME for targeting. =/
bewize
Nov. 19th, 2018 02:51 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry for the dark undertones in this piece. It was well done, though. Unsettling and leaving a lot of raised eyebrows.
bellatrix
Nov. 19th, 2018 04:10 pm (UTC)
This was so melodious :D
murielle
Nov. 20th, 2018 05:02 am (UTC)
I was thinking about saddle shoes the other day, and spectator shoes.

This is so moving. Love the pacing, the imagery, and the memories. I didn't go to Catholic school, but I did have to wear uniforms in at least three of the schools I attended.

Well done!
eternal_ot
Nov. 20th, 2018 02:00 pm (UTC)
I feel I am missing something because it does seem dark and makes me a bit sad. It has a certain rhythm to it. Nicely done.
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