Maria by Maria von Trapp. (borrowed from the parish library.) This is different from The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, also by Maria von Trapp. The latter covers just the period of her meeting the von Trapps to her first few years in America. The book I am reading now starts with her childhood and ends ... well, I am not there yet.
Here she is arriving at the convent-just weeks after her reconversion to Catholicism, and determined to give her life back to God in thanks for what He has done for her.
... in came a small frail nun with ... the kindest eyes that have ever looked at me.
After searching for a moment, a very dear voice said, "What can I do for you, my child?"
Now here I was straight from the glaciers, brown as milk chocolate. Over my left shoulder I still had the coil of ropes. On my back I had a very heavy knapsack. In my right hand I had an ice pick with which I stood like Napoleon, pronouncing, "I have come to stay!"
The meek and mild voice inquired, "Has somebody sent you, my child?"
I reared up to my five feet seven and a half inches and said, "Ha, if anybody had sent me, I wouldn't be here. I haven't obeyed anybody yet."
Oremus pro invicem!