I got the text message late on Monday night at 10:23pm. As messages go it was pretty short, “Just seen obituary of Sr Paula of PB. She was quite old 86.”
I hadn’t thought about her in years but now a rush of memories swept in. She was a nun, the headmistress of Precious Blood Secondary School in Riruta which I attended from 1986-89.
She taught us CRE. I sat at the front desk for most of my high school years, forced there by Mrs Chege, our class teacher. I suspect that’s why I’ve always preferred to sit at the back since then – in university, at church, social and family functions, in movie theatres – I’m always the backbencher. Continue reading