All posts tagged: Wisdom

The Science of Love

A girl is standing in front of the teacher, a girl rather small for her age. The round face is quite childlike, while the slight body already betrays the early maturity of this southern race. The girl is clad in a peasant smock. She wears wooden shoes. But everyone, not the children only, wear them here, except those very few who belong to the so-called better circles. The brown eyes of the girl are calm under the nun’s gaze. Their expression is uninhibited and dreamy and almost apathetic. There is something in that expression which troubles Sister Marie Therese. ‘So you really know nothing of the Holy Trinity, dear child?” The girl keeps her eyes on the teacher and answers unabashed in a high, clear voice: “No, sister, I know nothing about it.” “And you’ve never even heard of it?” The girl reflects at some length. “Maybe I’ve heard about it…” The nun closes her book with a little bang. Real pain shows on her features. “I’m puzzled my child. Are you pert or indifferent …

Lady Wisdom: Redeeming Femininity

When I was little, I had to beg my mom to allow me to wear basketball shorts and jerseys outside of the house. In second grade, I couldn’t understand why the other girls made fun of me for having a best friend who was a boy. When it came time to choose after-school activities, I devoted all my time to basketball practices while most of my friends enrolled in jazz and tap dance. Even in middle school, I was resentful of my female classmates for wanting to spend recess gossiping about their crushes instead of playing touch football. You could say that from an early age, I was definitively a tomboy. Imagine my surprise and confusion as I entered my pre-teen and teen years and discovered that it was no longer socially acceptable to wear only basketball shorts and t-shirts. Instead, I began to inherit the aisles of the makeup section at Target and endless anxiety that I couldn’t fit into skinny jeans. Needless to say, while being socialized to become a typical teenage American …