|Scene of the 'crime': The foot of the grassy slope, several feet along|
from the stairs. The puddle was at the edge of the grass in the fore-
ground. The school is just out of view on the left side of the photo
Friday, 3 March 2017
SCHOOLTIME SCANDALS - PART THIRTEEN: PUSHED IN A PUDDLE...
Me and Euan Sheperd weren't exactly what you'd call pals. However, between classmates, there existed a kind of unwritten rule that it was acceptable, in the absence of one's usual friends, to pass the time in the company of whichever fellow pupil was available when required. A sort of 'surrogate' pal in effect.
Such was the case on this particular day. School had finished and Euan and I found ourselves in each other's company as we exited from the school gates. We made our way to his house, a mere two minutes (if) away from my own, to dump his schoolbag, but he met with an objection from his mother at going back out again. He pleaded, begged, cried, and implored until his poor mother relented. "15 minutes - no more!"
So we made our way to the swingpark beside a playing-field between our two houses. On the way, we ran into his older sister, who enquired where he was going and why he wasn't already back home. She took his hand and started to lead him back towards his house. Unsurprisingly, Euan burst into tears and protested that he had permission to be out, but she was having none of it. I timidly piped up at the back "His mum said he could stay out for 15 minutes", whereupon she turned and looked at me as if I were a bad smell.
Then she simply shoved me hard in the chest. I fell backwards and landed in a large muddy puddle. As I lay there, spreadeagled and stunned into silence in my surprise, Euan looked at me, ceased his crying, and burst into the irritating girlish giggle for which he was so renowned and ridiculed in equal measure. Then he simply turned his back and accompanied his sister home. Treacherous b*st*rd! This was my reward for my intercession on his behalf?
I would've thought, at the very least, in shame at his sister's behaviour, he'd have assisted me to my feet and apologised for her shocking act, but no, Euan found it highly amusing. I was left on my own to extricate myself (with much squelching) from the sodden, muddy puddle and make my way home, there to explain my dufflecoat's soiled condition.
Needless to say, I took nothing to do with the wee pr*ck after that. Even amongst 'fill-in' friends, a certain degree of loyalty was expected, and Euan had been found lacking and fallen at the first hurdle. Perhaps to this day he looks back and wonders why he wasn't particularly popular at primary. (Certainly not with me anyway.)
Posted by Kid at Friday, March 03, 2017