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I could smell the Murphy's oil as I read your description. I know exactly the old school buildings your talking about. Did yours have the big black walnut bench outside the principle's office that we kids were confined to when we were in trouble?
There was a room across from "Ma Soeur Superieur" (Sister Superior=The Principal) that, as I recall, had a set of heavy dark wood chairs: probably walnut. Kids would be sitting there awaiting their fate if they were sent.
I never was sent. I did glimpse them once in a while, because you had to pass between the Sister Superior's office with her open door and the waiting room if you had to go down the front hall for any reason.
The only time I was ever in that room was when it was used for eye exams. I was still in kindergarten and was so terrified of failing an "exam" that I memorized the letters on the chart as they were recited by the child in front of me. I did not think I was cheating, I thought I was being tested on knowing what letters were on the chart!
If the nurse had varied the order in which she asked us to read the letters, she would have discovered I was terribly nearsighted.
As it was, I managed to ride along in my alternate half-blind universe until about seventh grade.