Bonus?

by Paul on December 12, 2012

My sister Sheila — then a novice, now a missionary in Brazil — with an unidentified scamp in 1967.

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Margaret R December 12, 2012 at 4:31 pm

There is quite a remarkable resemblance between the happy scamp and the sister. Familial one might surmise! What a great photo!

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Paul December 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Margaret,

Surmise all you want!

Paul

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Robin December 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm

What a beautiful photograph!

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Paul December 13, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Robin,

It is sweet, isn’t it? [Having said that, my chief memory of my sister at home was her saying, “It’s time for Paul to go to bed!”

Paul

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Maura December 12, 2012 at 5:49 pm

having a lovely family to share a smile with is alsays a Bonus no ? about it.

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Maura December 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm

always not alsays.
. after Bonus.
Good good I need to go back for more typing lessons.

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Paul December 13, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Maura,

You made me laugh out loud with “Good good…”

Paul

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Dolly December 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm

And Sr. Sheila is still a missionary in Brazil. How blessed is the womb that bore you all! Thanks for sharing such an inspiring picture, the message is powerful…

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Paul December 13, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Dolly,

I’m slightly taken aback. I have never thought of it as inspiring or that it had any message at all.

Paul

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Emma December 13, 2012 at 12:06 am

Is that you??? Awwwww, so sweet and innocent. :)
Next, maybe you’ll share one of those polyester, bell -bottomed photos?
LM –O :)

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Paul December 13, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Emma,

“The Polyester Period” photos will never see the light of day if I have anything to do with it!

Paul

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Lynda December 13, 2012 at 4:31 am

What a beautiful picture of two siblings! The little scamp may look sweet but I’m not so sure he looks innocent.

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Emma December 13, 2012 at 7:51 am

Now that I take a second look, you’re right, he doesn’t look at all innocent. In fact, both look as if they’ve just pulled one off together! :)

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Paul December 13, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Lynda,

You’re right. He was, and is, a holy terror. No, on second thoughts just a terror!

Paul

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Denise J December 13, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Really lovely picture. I think your sister’s congregation could use that on their vocations/recruitment literature!

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Paul December 13, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Denise,

Several years ago I sent my sister a birthday card with nuns on the cover. One of my sister’s community members was shocked to discover that she was in the picture. The card company had ripped off one of the congregation’s vocation pamphlets from the 1950s!

Paul

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Tim December 13, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Awesome picture that shows the love between siblings. I just have to asked, Paul, what happened? You were so cute… :-)

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Paul December 13, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Tim,

I ask myself the same question each morning as I shave…

Paul

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Fran Rossi Szpylczyn December 14, 2012 at 1:09 am

Almost missed this- lovely! And that scamp, isn’t he adorable?

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Katy December 14, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Lovely pic and I’m sure it conjures up a cherished memory.

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Sheila, Paul's sister December 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Well, and I almost missed this!! Yes, Paul, you were a scamp but thank God the Jesuits took you in hand and you have developed into a wonderful, sensitive man. I am now 63, look much the same except for the white hair now!! And still enjoying missionary life in Brazil!

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Lynda December 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Sheila, how wonderful to hear from an “eyewitness” to the scamp! God bless you.

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Paul December 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Sheila,

Wow! Such fulsome praise… I’m rendered speechless.

Paul

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