And so they called out Penelope Ann Aubrey Smith & I wished the floor could eat me up. This could be why when ever I phoned my friends & was asked who was calling I replied,
" only Penny " One dad called me this affectionally from then on. Another -a real Sussex countryman called me Tuppence which I loved. I really should have called the Blog...It's only Penny. Perhaps when I write my memoirs.....
Brownies clashed with Red Cross in our village hall ( probably the only night they put the heating on ) so I reluctantly left Brownies and its awful brown dress, leather belt & brown beret. Red Cross seemed so grown up in comparison. I went on a camp and got terribly homesick & wouldn't do sleepovers for ages afterwards. We had a regional competition and all our group won was singing. I mean I know that singing lifts the spirits & all that but it will hardly stem bleeding or resuscitate. Still we were proud.
I was a prefect in name only... there was hardly anyone to be prefect to as our school had been changing into a sixth form college since the year after I joined. It was great - more & more in the VI form every year for us to swoon over. Though it retained it's school title until it fully became a college, we felt like we were already there.
Dear little badges of honour and mementos of the past.