A Long Time Ago

1970’s Teachers

School uniform and skinny knees Ms Raven is old and cross and walks with a limp. I am seven years old and labelled a chatterbox. Summoned to the front of the class, I stand before my teacher. Open your mouth she says. I open my mouth and Ms Raven puts a wafer of pale green soap on my… Continue reading 1970’s Teachers

A Long Time Ago

1970’s Head Lice

A few months after the 'big chop'. Awesome bell-bottoms! On a Sunday afternoon in the mid-seventies a woman named Mo sat in our lounge. She had an impressive afro of dark, course, frizzy hair. The wiry mass was restrained by a maroon, fashionably crocheted and holey cap. Mo poked her long, bony finger in the… Continue reading 1970’s Head Lice

A Long Time Ago

Back from the Dead

When you think back, are big chunks of your life missing? My kids will ask Do you remember? and embarrassingly I sometimes have to reply No, I don't. Not a problem if I would rather forget what they're remembering (or wish they'd forget). It is a problem when it makes me feel I was six… Continue reading Back from the Dead