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Day 14: Nuns in the Smoking Section

July 10th · 4 Comments

As I walked through Central Park past the Conservatory Water, I passed a pair of girls who looked about twelve smoking cigarettes on a rock. One of them gave me a defiant glare that was just a bit wobbly and unpracticed. It seemed to say, “This is my life, and I will smoke this cigarette and there’s nothing you can do about it, unless you happen to know my parents.”

Directly across the path facing the girls was a threesome of very old nuns. They sat close together on a park bench in their brown habits, leaning toward each other conspiratorially.

Now that’s some gumption, I thought, being in eighth grade and lighting up a death stick right in front of some nuns.

The nuns, however, seemed untroubled by the moral lapses of two pubescent girls in Lucky tank tops. The eighty-year-olds whispered to each other and giggled. Maybe they were ignoring the girls. Or maybe they were laughing at them.

I’ve always admired rebellious teenagers, but for the moment I wondered if it might be more fun to be an old nun.

Tags: Personalities · Sights & Scenes · Why I Love This Town

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Cindy // Jul 10, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    thanks for reminding me about the blog, I’m really enjoying it.

  • 2 Sarah Farrukh // May 28, 2011 at 5:10 am

    i really hate smoking and smokers 🙁

  • 3 Alan // May 15, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Thats mad. Youd never get 12-year-olds doing that here in Ireland. They smoke in public bathrooms instead :-p . No seriosly I should know im 13 ;-D

  • 4 Sam500 // Jul 7, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Too many smokers in New York. That really annoyed me more than the people trying to get me to hire a bike everytime I walked into Central Park.

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