Ellie and Her Cohorts (haibun)
Ellie came for a sleepover. It was her turn, so she told us. Still a committed carnivore... Mrs Treaclechops defrosted a pack of thick-cut bacon and some chicken goujons in readiness.
They only have a shower in her house and she enjoys a long wallow in our bath whenever she visits. Brings a special bag containing bath bombs, shampoo, bubble bath, lotions and all manner of fragrances for this very purpose.
I'd previously promised to take her and a couple of friends 10-pin bowling. She’d organised two cohorts for this outing. One friend was Caitlin, whose Mum works at a local pub called, 'The Cambridge'. The other was Nathan, who lives with his Nan.
Amazing how much noise three 11-year-olds can make in the back of a car. They kept breaking into made-up rap songs. I threatened to play some old fogey music if they didn't shut up... they threatened to jump out of the car if I did.
I tried to tell them how fantastic music was when I was their age. They cheekily asked me if dinosaurs were around in those days. The girls knew of Abba and the Spice Girls… and kept shouting out, ‘girl power!’ Nathan had switched off by now and was deeply engrossed in some happening on his smart phone.
All three were fascinated by a news story concerning a celebrity who’d suddenly announced he was gay after being married to a woman for 27 years. I told them it wasn’t too long ago that people in the UK could be imprisoned for being gay and that still today, in some parts of the world, being gay could get you murdered. Not sure if they fully believed me.
Ellie trumped rather loudly at one point, which made her friends howl with laughter. If I’d done this, it’s quite possible she wouldn’t have spoken to me again for embarrassing her. It's somehow cool if an 11-year-old farts loudly in a car full of people... not acceptable if a 68-year-old does so.
bowling alley frolics…
in his parked car