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A Bold Fresh Piece Of Humanity

A Bold Fresh Piece Of Humanity


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Description for A BOLD FRESH PIECE OF HUMANITY by Bill O'Reilly:

The year was 1957, the month September, and I had just turned eight years old. Dwight Eisenhower was President, but in my life it was the diminutive, intense Sister Mary Lurana who ruled, at least in the third-grade class where I was held captive. For reasons you will soon understand, my parents had remanded me to the penal institution of St. Brigid?ÇÖs School in Westbury, New York, a cruel and unusual punishment if there ever was one.

Already, I had barely survived my first two years at St. Brigid?ÇÖs because I was, well, a little nitwit. Not satisfied with memorizing the Baltimore Catechism?ÇÖs fine prose, which featured passages like ?ǣGod made me to show his goodness and to make me happy with him in heaven,?ǥ I was constantly annoying my classmates and, of course, the no-nonsense Sister Lurana. With sixty overactive students in her class, she was understandably short on patience. For survival, she had also become quick on the draw.

Then it happened. One day I blurted out some dumb remark, and Sister Lurana was on me like a panther. Her black habit blocked out all distractions as she leaned down, looked me in the eye, and uttered words I have never forgotten: ?ǣWilliam, you are a bold, fresh piece of humanity.?ǥ

And she was dead-on.

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