Proudest Aunt On This Earth Shirt

Proudest Aunt On This Earth Shirt

Why would a girl want to kiss you if she knew or knew somebody who knew that just a few years before, you had insisted on sewing souvenir patches from the Norfolk Broads and Exmoor on your anorak? There were pictures all over my parents’ house of me with big ears and disastrous clothes, sitting on tractors, clapping with glee as miniature trains drew into miniature stations; and though later on, distressingly, girlfriends found these pictures cute, it all seemed too close for Proudest Aunt On This Earth Shirt then.

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It had only taken me six years to change from a ten-year-old to a sixteen-year-old; surely six years wasn’t long enough for a transformation of that magnitude? When I was sixteen, that anorak with the patches on was just a couple of sizes too small. Charlie hadn’t known me as a ten-year-old, however, and she didn’t know anybody who knew me, either. She knew me only as a young adult. I was already old enough to vote when I met her; I was old enough to spend the Proudest Aunt On This Earth Shirt with her, the whole night, in her hall of residence, and have opinions, and buy her a drink in a pub, secure in the knowledge that my driving license with its scrambled proof of age was in my pocket and I was old enough to have a history.

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At home, I didn’t have a history, just stuff that everybody already knew, and that, therefore, wasn’t worth repeating. But I still felt a fraud. I was like all those people who suddenly shaved their heads and said they’d always been punks, they’d been punks before punk was even thought of: I felt as though I was going to be found out at any moment, that somebody was going to burst into the college bar brandishing one of the anorak photos and yelling, Rob used to be a boy! A little lad! and Proudest Aunt On This Earth Shirt would see it and pack me in.

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