Nostalgia can be centripetal—you begin with one memory, that leads to another and another, that finally rests on yourself as centre. And you begin to think of how these remembered things have forged you into the person you are.
The loss of Sr Phyllis Wharfe SJC had that impact on me this week. I had thoroughly enjoyed my seven years at St Joseph’s Convent, San Fernando (SJCSF), especially Sixth Form, where staff and Sr Phyllis treated us with a difference, like critically thinking young adults. I still, some 20 years later, proudly wear my school ring on my right hand. It never occurred to me to purchase The UWI ring. My SJC ring was sufficient.