The convent had been presented with a new car, a red Mini Metro. Sister Lucy, the only qualified driver, became the chauffeur for all and sundry. Every Saturday she would drive Reverend Mother into town for the shopping.
All went well till Bank Holiday weekend when the town was so packed with people and cars that it became evident that there was no earthly place to park.
'Don't worry, Mother,' said Sister Lucy. 'You go into the supermarket and I'll drive round the block until you come out.'
Off sped the car, and Reverend Mother bustled round the store quickly, picking up all the necessary goods and then rushing back to the kerbside. There she stood for five minutes, ten, fifteen, twenty. No sign of Sister Lucy. Where could she be?
Eventually Reverend Mother approached a patrolling policeman.
'Excuse me, officer,' said she, 'have you seen a nun in a red Mini?'
'No,' replied the policeman, 'but these days nothing would surprise me!