The little convent of St. Bertha was closing. After almost one hundred and twenty years serving the local rural community it was time to close the doors. There was only five nuns left,all were now retired from teaching and with dwindling numbers attending the convent school ,the decision was made to close the the convent and the five nuns would move to a much larger convent to enjoy their retirement. Mother Superior Ursula decided to hold a little exhibition highlighting the history of the convent,many people from around the area came to visit the convent one last time,to relive memories,some painful,as the nuns were notorious for the use of corporal punishment. There was numerous photographs of past pupils and nuns to view along with many items of memorabilia . The little convent and it’s now almost over grown gardens was filling up with those who had attended the convent school.

John and Aisling had taken the opportunity to take a drive in the countryside. It was a beautiful,summer Autumnal day and was not long before they saw the sign welcoming those who were passing to the convent.
“Come on ,lets have a look,” Aisling said.
“Okay,if anything we can laugh at the nuns,” John said.
They parked their car and entered the convent. There was a number of people milling about and Aisling put some coins into a donation box that was just inside the door.
John and Aisling walked around the room looking at the exhibits and many photographs.
“Wow,those Nun’s look very severe dressed like that,”Aisling remarked looking at a photograph of two Nun’s standing next to group of pupils. The Nun’s were wearing long black habits,veils and white coifs ;they wore thick black straps around their waists and one Nun held a school ruler in her hands.Aisling noticed that this Nun had a slight smile on her lips.
“Look at this,” John said.
Aisling stood next to him and both leaned over to look at the little silver medal in a glass case.
“It’s beautiful,what is it?” Aisling inquired.
“It says it’s a School Attendance Medal,” John replied ,reading the little card next to the medal.
Both John and Aisling were not aware of the Nun standing behind them,the Nun who took the opportunity to glance with delight at both John and Aisling’s buttocks.
“Yes,it is a School Attendance medal,awarded to those who had unbroken attendance for a full year at school,” the Nun said,startling John and Aisling who immediately stood up,turned around to be met with a Nun in a long black habit and veil,a white coif encircled her face making her look very stern.
The Nun smiled and introduced herself,. “My name is Sr.Gertrude ,welcome to our little convent.”
John and Aisling introduced themselves.
“If I had been awarded a silver medal I think I would have turned up at school more often,” Aisling said.
“Me too,”John said,laughing.
“Tut,tut,tut; attendance at school is very important , how many days were you truant ?” Sr.Gertrude asked,looking at the both very sternly.
“Too many times,John said” , still laughing .However Aisling had become slightly alarmed by the stern expression the Nun now wore.
“Deary,deary me,if you both had attended this convent you would both have had excellent attendance records”,Sr.Gertrude said.
“And if we hadn’t come to school ?” Aisling asked.
“Follow me,” Sr.Gertrude said.They followed her to another display cabinet; “You wold both have been thrashed soundly”, Sr.Gertude continued pointing to a cane on display in the cabinet.
Aisling and John stared at the cane.
“Was corporal punishment used at the school you attended?” Sr.Gertrude inquired,now standing behind them as they looked at the cane; they were unaware that Sr.Gerturde was taking great personal excitement staring at their bottoms.
“No,”John replied.
“Not the school I attended either,” Aisling said.
“Tut,tut,tut !, it is never to late to atone for some wrong doing,just think how disappointed your parents would have been in you both for not attending school;oh deary me,I do wish I had had the opportunity to mend your ways !” Sr.Gertrude said,there was a strange,sinister smile on her lips.
John and Aisling exchanged glances and Aisling nodded.
“We would be open to being chastised now for not turning up at school;if that is possible?” John said.
The smile on Sr .Gertrude’s lips grew wider. “Yes,yes of course,I understand;follow me”,Sr.Gertrude said .