So I remember my grandfather telling me story, during the 1960s when he was an orphan at an orphanage named “Hospicio de San Jose” and nuns there were very strict and demanded respect, they would punish children physically when things finally got out of hand, but most of the time he said the nuns would just say “Madre de Dios!”.
He said that even though the nuns would slap them it taught them respect to the elderly and to everyone around them, he also said yes they weren’t his mother but a few of those nuns treated all of them (orphans) as their very own child. He was also an altar boy at the time. The nuns were also one of his finest teacher in Spanish, catechism, English, history and mathematics. He admits that he wasn’t a good boy as he once asked a nun “Sister, are you bald?” He was punished and had to clean the entire sanctuary of the chapel including the sacristy. He also said that the nuns were one of the most professional nurses he met as whenever they got sick that nuns would nurse them back to full health and when the nuns couldn’t nurse them the nuns would quickly run to the car bringing them to the nearest hospital
As of now he is still a bit uneasy seeing nuns wearing a short habit as he said he misses the old days seeing nuns singing Latin hymns and nursing them. But he must say that even though nuns don’t wear what they used to wear it bring nostalgia whenever he sees a nun in a church or a hospital or even anywhere.
He as everyone where I live expects a nun to be loving, caring, charitable and respectable. And I too was very surprised when I saw an old nun rush to get a first aid kit even though she was of old age she run super fast and helped a nun that accidentally fell down that church stairs and started to bleed. I asked that how she did that and she said “I’ve worked at a hospital all my life specifically at the ER, so even though I am old and frail doesn’t mean I can’t do my duty to God and our brothers and sisters.”
So if I may ask you what would you expect a nun would be? It’s sad that their numbers are unstable some years are great with a lot of novices taking final vows while other no novices actually are trained.