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while we’re looking at old polaroids, my grandma told me this story this weekend:
"my first day of high school — and i went to an all-girls catholic high school, you know — they took us all to the auditorium. and there were three lines: academic, clerical, and homemaking. i asked one of the sisters [the nuns], ‘what is this?’ she said we had to pick a line, and whichever line we picked would be our focus in school. ‘what’s academic, what’s clerical?’ i asked her. i didn’t know what any of those meant. she said, ‘academic is for those going to college, clerical is for secretaries and receptionists, homemaking is for mothers,’ and she gave me a look when she said that, homemaking. was i supposed to pick that line? i didn’t know
but college! i knew that, that’s what my parents told me ever since i was a small girl. ‘you are going to college, you are going to college.’ so i went over to the academic line.
i didn’t even know what college was!”
(at this point, my grandpa manny interjected. “and that was smart! and sure enough, you went to college. the school i went to, [a los angeles high school], they did the same thing. my sisters weren’t as well-informed as you were. their teachers took one look at them, one look at their last names, and directed them to the homemaking lines”)
and my grandma went to college, and she had 4 boys
and she’s been a lawyer and matriarch for the past 45 years :)

while we’re looking at old polaroids, my grandma told me this story this weekend:

"my first day of high school — and i went to an all-girls catholic high school, you know — they took us all to the auditorium. and there were three lines: academic, clerical, and homemaking. i asked one of the sisters [the nuns], ‘what is this?’ she said we had to pick a line, and whichever line we picked would be our focus in school. ‘what’s academic, what’s clerical?’ i asked her. i didn’t know what any of those meant. she said, ‘academic is for those going to college, clerical is for secretaries and receptionists, homemaking is for mothers,’ and she gave me a look when she said that, homemaking. was i supposed to pick that line? i didn’t know

but college! i knew that, that’s what my parents told me ever since i was a small girl. ‘you are going to college, you are going to college.’ so i went over to the academic line.

i didn’t even know what college was!”

(at this point, my grandpa manny interjected. “and that was smart! and sure enough, you went to college. the school i went to, [a los angeles high school], they did the same thing. my sisters weren’t as well-informed as you were. their teachers took one look at them, one look at their last names, and directed them to the homemaking lines”)

and my grandma went to college, and she had 4 boys

and she’s been a lawyer and matriarch for the past 45 years :)