Thursday November 8, 2018
From the Beginning
Mickey makes the sign of the cross and rolls his eyes back into his head so that only the whites are showing. Sister Helen waddles to the front of the class and we all try not to laugh. We don’t want to get our knuckles smacked with her big protractor. She whips her head around and Mickey is still going, crossing himself faster and faster, tongue hanging out of his mouth. No one moves. Sister Helen narrows her eyes.
“Mr. Fitzgerald, do you need to visit the nurse?” Her voice could cut ice.
“No, ma’am…” Mickey says, quietly.
“WHAT DID YOU SAY?!”
“No, Sister Helen.”