Please don't be offended but my story is absolute truth,I went to Catholic school even though I was raised Protestant it was my folks way of trying to save us from the evils of regular school,I don't know.
The funny thing was ,it was lunchtime. Every child in line with their class .The line however this day made a detour straight to Father Bagun who held two candles forming a scissor type cross. Word came back through the line it was the day throats were blessed so you wouldn't die from choking. Now since I was Protestant I never had to participate in any ritual or service of the church,but this blessing thing sounded like a good idea to me. It looked easy enough, the priest just put the candles by your neck said a couple words and you'd never die from choking. This was one thing I really wanted to take part in.
Standing in line the kids started talking of miracles where people found things in their food that should have killed them but they never choked thanks to the Holy Blessing. I was so excited,To never have to worry about choking,that completely eliminates drowning,dying from chicken bones in your food-oh and those little bones my Mom always left in the canned salmon that I was sure would get me someday .
Then it happened. The sound made everyone immediately silent and you know in school thats next to impossible. Breaking the silence, the sound of a Nun, coughing and standing up from her seat in the lunchroom. Then she stopped coughing but kept pointing to her throat .She had just had her throat blessed so I figured she was just showing everyone how her coughing had been stopped,another almost choking miracle. Just as we were going to start talking about that one,Father Begun dropped the candles on the floor and they broke!He went over to the nun and from behind squeezed her hard (which now I know was the Heimlich maneuver but then it just looked like a squeeze),a hunk of food came flying like a missile out of her mouth and she breathed real loud and started crying and hugging Father.
She had almost choked to death!
Minutes after having her throat blessed!
Kids started talking miracle again, but I couldn't get out of line fast enough,
When was I ever going to have a Catholic priest around to squeeze me?I