Thursday, 12 November 2015
The bread bin
Many, many years ago two young boys had been left alone during the school holidays with both parents at work so they spent the day playing outside in the yard until the rain came down so they rushed back inside and so did the cat who didn't like the rain at all.
They played for an hour or so with their toys before hunger took hold of them and they searched the house for something to eat but they could find nothing.
Brian finally remembered the bread bin and lifting the lid they found only two crusts left so they both grabbed one while the cat looked on.
"We can't leave it empty" Robin said, so Brian grabbed the cat and put him inside then put the lid back on while they went back to playing with their own toys waiting for their mother to come home.
She was not pleased to find the house in disarray, the cat howling in the bread bin, her shopping still to put away and a meal to prepare before their father came home, so the boys were sent to their bedrooms hungry...except for one who still had his crust of bread stuffed up his jumper.
That boy was me in war torn England in 1943.