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The time: June 1969
The place: Boarding School, Switzerland
[See ‘A’ post for more details]
Excerpt from the last chapter of “Confessions of a Boarding School Inmate”.
[A memoir stuck in rewrite limbo.]
Time passed quickly and now it was down to the last few days. The girls were all excited and restless, wanting to go home for the summer. I was the only one not returning (we would be moving back to Canada in August) and it made me a little sad. Despite the obvious negatives of curtailed freedom and assorted torments, it had been a memorable, educational and fascinating year. Mandy was feeling especially restive one night and started a pillow fight with Veronika, who in turn dragged me into it. This spread to the other rooms, then the remaining floors. Full scale “prison riot”!! All in fun, of course.
Or, so I thought!
In barged Penny and Heather (see ‘P’ post); grabbed the mattress from my bed and threw it out the window! “How do you like that, bitch?”, Heather yelled at me, while Penny stood there and sniggered. Veronika, Mandy and I were stunned. Are you crazy?”, Vero exclaimed. Whoosh! There went her mattress too, landing on top of mine. Just as Mandy was getting ready to smack Heather with a pop bottle, a harsh command broke through the chaos.
Fraulein Karin came storming into the room. “Who threw those mattresses out the window?” No hesitation this time. We three roommates chirped in unison: “Penny and Heather”. Of course, they said “Debbie and Vero”. I’m not sure why Mandy got spared, (her angelic face?) but she was banished to the ground floor study. This type of behaviour will not be tolerated! You’re all getting expelled”, raged Fraulein Karin. Vero and I looked at each other in amazement. We hadn’t done anything wrong! Of course, the culprits continued to protest their false innocence. Fraulein Karin ordered them back to their room and left, without another word.
The expulsion meant little to me. I was leaving anyway, so, really, who cares? Ha! I got an earful from my mother on the drive home. She didn’t even consider the idea I might be innocent. No, no, the entire rant consisted of what an embarrassment to the family I had caused and “how could I do this to her??!” Fortunately, packing for our move (see the ‘B’ post) soon overshadowed the “scandal”.
Playing on the radio that month was ‘Tomorrow, Tomorrow‘ by The Bee Gees. An appropriate song, as tomorrow would be much different.
More boarding school adventures on April 1st, 3rd, 10th, 19th, and 27th
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Did you ever have conflicts in school?
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