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It used to be that every good Catholic family had one. Well our family is Presbyterian (but I digress…), we had one anyway…that is a nun or priest.

Sister Bertina Humboldt was always a quiet and introspective child. She suffered from a slight limp which gave her the appearance of waddling, rather than walking. Once during her teenage years she dreamt that she could actually fly, resulting in a nasty bump to the head after leaping from her parent’s apartment balcony. Luckily, they lived on the ground floor. Following this episode, Bertina had an ephiphany and decided to take Holy Vows.

She joined a teaching order of nuns, known as the Poor Clara’s. Unfortunately for me, and due to the distant family connection, I was dispatched to the Catholic High School where she taught.

I do recall that this was of absolutely no benefit to me. Sister Humboldt was known to berate any girl (including me,..on more than one occasion) for a perceived misdemeanor. She had a sharp tongue and would stare at you implacably with her beady eyes as you pleaded with her not to be sent up to see Father Hugolin….(and that is a story all in its own right…!)

Note: No penguins were harmed by wimple’s in the making of this image. Also, no offence is intended to any person, Catholic, Presbyterian or otherwise!

Here is the original penguin shot used for the composite image (you don’t really believe my Great Aunt looks like this do you?)

It was taken at the wonderful St Louis Zoo, Missouri USA
Humboldt Penguins nest on islands and rocky coasts, burrowing holes in guano and sometimes using scrapes or caves. In South America the Humboldt Penguin is found only along Pacific coast, and the range of the Humboldt Penguin overlaps that of the Magellanic Penguin on the central Chilean coast. The current status of this penguin is vulnerable, due to a declining population caused in part by over-fishing. Historically it was the victim of guano over-exploitation. Penguins are also declining in numbers due to habitat destruction. The current population is estimated at between 3,300 and 12,000.Ref: Wikipedia.

Other weird and wonderful family members
The Captain Cousin Frank Dear Aunt Wilhelmlemur and Great Uncle Leo

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nun, religion, humour, vintage, catholic, teaching, nostalgia, penguin, convent, presbyterian, karen scrimes, high school, wimple, humboldt penguin

Comments

  • Barb Leopold
    Barb Leopoldabout 5 years ago

    Another charming “skeleton” from your family closet, Karen …. how many more are you hiding?? I remember the nuns from my early school days too, I am sure one of them looked just like Sister Humboldt…….

  • Thank you Barb. you know I’m writing from experience don’t you LOL

    – Karen Scrimes

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyabout 5 years ago

    LOL! ~ as a dubiously_good_ catholic girl, I can very much appreciate your humour Karen!

  • Thank you EarthGipsy. This one especially is for all the girls who endured a Catholic education LOL!

    – Karen Scrimes

  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldabout 5 years ago

    You were blessed to have them in your family,Karen,we had nun in our ours!! love it,how could the pope not make her a saint.

  • Thanks lance. I believe the Canonisation takes a very long time. I’m still waiting for a miracle :))

    – Karen Scrimes

  • Brandie1
    Brandie1about 5 years ago

    I love this.
    Noneof the nuns at my school ever looked so nice,cute or as adorable.

  • Hi Brandie! You hit the nail right on the head! Go straight to Mother Superior’s office this instant!!

    – Karen Scrimes

  • allyj
    allyjabout 5 years ago

    beautiful abstract yet emotional interpretation…

  • You just know I’m speaking from experience don’t you! Thanks Alison :)

    – Karen Scrimes

  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...about 5 years ago

    This is one of those things I wish I had thought of! What a great concept and you have created it so well Karen. You have a really unique way of representing old photographs, this is really great.

  • Thanks for your lovely comment Andrew :)))

    – Karen Scrimes

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyabout 5 years ago

    Excellent work !

  • Thank you missmoneypenny! :))

    – Karen Scrimes

  • mollymum
    mollymumabout 5 years ago

    LOL, love it!

  • Thanks Collen. I went for one of my more outrageous characters for the challenge! No holds barred!

    – Karen Scrimes

  • Elizabeth Bravo
    Elizabeth Bravoabout 5 years ago

    Love it!!!

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