I went to high school at Sacred Heart Academy, in Hamden, Connecticut, which was, and is, a girls' school. I graduated in 1967.
Here I am, in my high school yearbook, in all the loveliness of my loveliness. I was 16, soon to be 17, when this photo was taken.
My sister Linda went there too, graduating in 1957. Linda went on to become a member of the order of sisters who run the school, who were at that time called the Missionary Zelatrices of the Sacred Heart.
Have you ever heard of a zelatrice? I've never heard the word in any other context. My best educated guess is that a zelatrice is a female zealot. The word comes from the Italian: the Zelatrices (who have since changed their name to the Apostles of the Sacred Heart) were founded by an Italian woman, Mother Clelia Merloni:
Under Mother Clelia's leadership, the order was able to construct its foothold in the United States, buying an estate called Cherry Hill, in Hamden, and erecting their Provincial House there:
While I was in Sr. Imelda's chemistry class, from time to time, my boyfriend Kevin would drive up to the school in his Mustang, drive around the circular driveway just under the windows (you can't see it in the photo), throw out a cherry bomb (POW!), and speed away. Yeah. That made my day.
Yesterday, October 20,2014, I was invited back to Sacred Heart to speak to a mixed media art class about my art.
Here's the art room before the girls showed up: