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The time: January 1969
The place: Boarding School, Switzerland
Excerpt from “Confessions of a Boarding School Inmate”.
[A memoir stuck in rewrite limbo.]
Second Semester, New Roommates
During the holidays, a letter had arrived from school. This worried me. Did they find out about our extracurricular activities? (see ‘A’ post). No cause for alarm. It was merely a note detailing room assignments. Fortunately, mine stayed the same. It was one of the biggest, with three beds.
First to arrive again, so I settled in. Same bed, same closet and I assumed, same roommates. (See ‘H’ post) That didn’t happen. Annette had left for good (we never found out why) and Giulia got reassigned! She moved down the hall, to share a room with Maria, from Guatemala. One spoke Italian, the other Spanish, yet they understood each other perfectly and became fast friends.
So, who was joining me then?
In sauntered Veronika, from Germany, chic in designer duds and shooting me her best “What a dump!” look. A tall, leggy blonde with an aloof manner, I knew her by reputation only, but we did have a personal connection. Her boyfriend was the son of my mother’s school mate. Veronika’s big sister was a famous model and her family came from old money. Intriguing! It would be a challenge to break through her icy exterior.
One more to come. I was hoping for Penny, my British “partner in crime” and the sister of Nigel, whom I was so infatuated with. She ended up on the floor below, paired with Heather, who was from the U.S. midwest. The “Penny and Heather Show” soon became popular and surpassed our own friendship. (You may remember Heather, from the ‘P’ and ‘T’ posts. What a bitch!)
Mandy arrived just before supper time. She was the daughter of American missionaries and had been living in Africa for several years, before enrolling the previous semester. Her older sister, Mary, was also at the school but in the Senior girls’ building. In the beginning, Mandy was a shy little girl and completely unfamiliar with the pop culture of the day, thanks to her sheltered existence and home schooling. Over time, she broke free of that cocoon and turned into a social butterfly.
Much to our disappointment, Penny and I discovered the escape room had a brand new, heavy duty lock on it. Horrors! No more ‘Schwarzausgang’ (going AWOL). We and the boys had to content ourselves with a few stolen moments during the weekly chaperoned outings. Better than nothing!
Getting extensive airplay that new year was a bittersweet song by Indian/British artist Peter Sarstedt which, to me, profoundly captured the ambience of European culture. I was enchanted by it then, and still am:
More boarding school adventures on April 1st, 3rd, 10th, 19th, and 24th
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Have you ever had a roommate? Did you enjoy the experience?
Are you enchanted by certain songs?
Looking forward to your comments!
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