This amuse-bouche needs a little personal background. As a little girl, PJ was an eager, attentive and successful student. If she was anything like she is as a teacher when she was a little girl, she must have been a delight. But I must tell you about her first day in kindergarten. Prior to the Big Day, her father Hank taught her to spell her name.
When the class was seated that first day, the teacher asked “Is there anyone who can spell their own name?” PJ’s hand shot up eagerly and she was called on. She stood up (this was a Catholic school after all), she recited proudly, “B-R-A-T”!
PJ remembers the brief look of confusion on the nun’s face as she tried to decide if this child was trying to be difficult, but clearly saw from PJ’s pride that she was the victim of a prank. She hid her smile and said, “That’s very good, Patty.”
Since PJ and I have been together, it has been my contention that she is watched over by Saint Braticus, a little-known but omnipresent figure in Romanesque churches. One of our favorites is this version from the Collégiale Saint-Pierre in Chauvigny.
I never got to meet Hank and from his family I know that he could be a difficult man, but this story makes me wish that we had a chance to sit and discuss little Patty’s first day at school.
This is part of a series of posts featuring an amuse-bouche, a bite-sized appetizer to whet the appetite of diners. Each of these will explore a single interesting feature of medieval architecture or sculpture. To see other amuse-bouches, follow this link.