Site Columns By Caillan
August 16, 2002 - 11:44 AM

Hello World!

Today was 'Free Dress Day' at my brother's school, which means they get to ditch their uniforms for charity. There's always one or two who forget, and today it was my brother. (Of course, I forgot on a regular basis - one teacher even asked 'Caillan, do you own a pair of jeans?')

Anyway, he phoned up at 8:30 this morning to ask for some clothes to be sent up. Listening to the conversation at this end ("Oh darling, are you crying?") made it sound like there was a national emergency, and having only woken up five minutes earlier, rushed out of my room to find out what all the fuss was about. Mother promptly informed me that in my brother's life this *was* in fact a national emergency, and I was being sent up with the clothes on a mercy mission.

So 10 minutes later (having tried to make myself look as presentable as possible) I jumped on my bike and rode up to the school to deliver the clothes. Looking, no doubt, like the wreck of the Hespress (or at least a little manic), I rushed to the classroom door, only to see my brother sitting there - not as a social outcast in his school uniform - but in his own clothes. His teacher stopped mid-sentence to allow me to talk to my brother, and twenty 10-year-olds watched silently as I walked across the classroom.

"I thought you needed clothes," I hissed. Apparently he was wearing the clothes he was going to use for life-saving practice in the pool later that day. Curtly instructed to leave the clothes outside, I promptly turned around and knocked off a clipboard which went crashing to the floor. I muttered my apologies (something about destroying the classroom), walked out of the classroom with as much dignity as I could muster (which wasn't very much) and rode off. I don't think I'll be in a hurry to make any more special deliveries in the future.

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