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St.Francis Orphanage,Woonsocket,RI

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Re: St.Francis Orphanage,Woonsocket,RI

Posted: 1354024140000
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Hi Louise,
I wish i knew where to get informatiom, but i don't. I was there with my sister in 1957. I do remember we were all taken out in the back yard to view spunick, the russian space ship. I remember when i got there that they cut my hair above my shoulders and gave me a hair perm. Why? they said it would cut down on lice...right..i guess lice don't like curly hair . I suspect the nuns didn't like long beautiful hair. my sister was 6 and wet the bed sometimes and they were really hard on her. I do remember a sister Vivian and i don't believe i liked her. There was also a woman who worked there, but i don't remember her name. I think she had been an ophan and stayed on to work there. She was really nice and she is the only one i remember, i think her last name was Coty or cote or something like that. I remember the play yard in the back with the thing that spins around. I remember the hill to get up to Mt St Francis was very STEEP...and i was scared to death of it...still am. Went back to visit a few years back and thought the hill would look smaller...it didn't...i had to go the long way round to get out of the area. The building looked smaller though. I didn't go in, i wish i had. I also remember a dwarf named Janette ( weird how i remember her and her name) Maybe because i had never seen a dwarf before. After school we used to put on full aprons and upstairs in the dorm they had a round wash sink were we could all wash up. Our bed and little stand was right next to each other which i believe held one small and one little larger towel. If we were good, sometimes a little music was played right around Christmas at bedtime. My mother died dec 4th 1957 and we were called up to mother superior and she informed me and Deb of her passing, i actually remember her crying and showing emotion that i was not used to by the nuns. I cried because she cried and Deb cried because i was crying and then i noticed something terrible, while crying i had left a bit of snot on her beautiful white part of her habit....it truly upset me and i didn't know what to do about it. I hoped she wouldn't notice and she didn't...still bothers me to this day.

Well, that's it for now..please tell me what you remember.
Sunny
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