My first Girlfriend ???.
As a child I was very shy, during lessons at school I would not ask the teacher if I could go to the lavatory, sometimes with unintended consequences.
One day, in the carpentry class, I was looking anxiously at the clock around dinnertime for a chance to rush to the lav’.
Then, Mr. Woodhead—a good name for a woodwork teacher—picked me to sweep the floor of shavings and sawdust.
Normally I was never asked to do anything such as this—unlike my mate Alex—who, being clean and tidy seemed to be every teachers favourite, he was milk monitor, ink monitor— if there was a monitors monitor, he would be the one.
Mr. Woodhead and all the boys left the classroom, leaving me trying to sweep the floor with my legs crossed.
I could hold out no longer, and I wet myself.
I quickly swept all the shavings and dust over the spreading pool of piddle.
Just at that moment Mr. Woodhead came back into the classroom.
He looked at the pile shavings in the middle of the pool for quite a time, and then said, “Well done Alan, that’s the way to keep the dust down.”
Looking back at moment I now think he knew what I had done and being the nice teacher that he was, spared my shame.
Now, about my first girlfriend—she was more of friend who happened to be a girl—lived in New Haw, a bus ride away.
Actually I think she wanted to be more of a girl friend than just a friend, I say this because she would keep bumping into me accidently and touching me, and then there was the funny way she kept puckering her lips as if she was going to kiss someone.
I didn’t want any of that sort of stuff, I was only 15.
I had my Sunday dinner there for 9 months and I never kissed her, although there were times when I though it might be worth a try.
The ability I developed of being able to hold on for quite long periods before I had an accident, while I was at school, came in useful when I spent several hours with her.
I would arrive at her home around midday and leave at ten o’clock without having to ask for the lav’.
But, it became very urgent late in the evening, especially when we would fill the hot water bottles just before I left for home.
Fortunately, there was no lingering good night kisses, and I flew out of the house.
As soon as I was at the gate of the house, I pushed into the bushes and had the longest wee ever.
The night was cold and a great cloud of steam could be seen coming out of the beautifully trimmed privet hedge.
I sometimes wonder if any of the neighbours ever waited for this 10 o’clock Sunday night ritual.
The privet hedge never recovered.