In one of the last weeks of school a seventh grader asked me if I had ever met a nun. I'm not sure where that question came from. That's just the way the seventh grade mind operates.
The answer is: yes, I have met nuns. When I was in high school I never figured that I'd be the kind of guy who knew nuns. It turns out that several people I knew in college (people I'd call friends, even) became nuns. If truth be told, I 'dated' a girl who became a nun (there is no cause and effect between those two facts and the quotes around 'dated' must wait for another day). That was definitely not something I planned on in high school.
Why spill all these beans? Because I think most people that I have met have the idea that nuns are old women who hit you with rulers. Sure, some nuns did some whacking before Vatican II. We're over that now, people. Nuns are cool, now. Check out this website- it proves it. That one's for you, Carrie Haney*!
Maybe this girl will be a nun someday:
*N.B. Not the nun I 'dated.'