It was customary for the top class at school to present a Christmas play for the rest of the school, and this year it was to be ‘Little Women’. I had been chosen to play Mrs. March and was dressed in a floor-length costume, with a crisp, white apron, my head covered in a white lacy mop cap. I felt very elegant and important. Best of all, I was allowed to wear make-up. This consisted of a little face powder, a scraping of mascara and some lipstick.
We got ready for our first full dress rehearsal, and I donned my make-up. The effect on the male members of the class was electrifying! Suddenly, I was transformed from an insignificant, shy classmate, to a femme fatale. This was the unforgettable highlight of my last year of school.
David H, together with Arthur P. (who were the two boys that all the girls fancied) chased me all round the desks, trying to kiss me. Although secretly thrilled, I was embarrassed and nervous, as I had never been out with a boy, let alone kissed one. What a sheltered life I’d led! Arthur finally caught me and kissed me. It was as if all the lights in the world flashed on and off and, at the same time all the bells started to ring. On the last day of term, we performed our play and it went really well. After the final curtain call, another boy in my class called Tony asked me if I would be his girl. I said ‘yes’ and got another earth shattering kiss. He said I could wear his ring over the Christmas holidays. It was a huge, silver skull-and-crossbones ring. Normally, I would have thought it hideous, but this was all so romantic that I took it and swore to keep it carefully until the start of next term. I couldn’t really wear it. It was so unfeminine; and anyway, Mum would have wanted to know where it had come from. So I hid it away until school started again in January. When I saw Tony again, it was as if nothing had ever happened between us.
He said ‘Have you bought my ring back?’
I said ‘ Yes here it is’.
He said ‘ Thanks very much’.
And we both went on our way. End of romance!!!
To be continued…