A Hillman Imp panda car went past with its blue light flashing and every one went outside to see what had happened. Apparently one of the lads had run across the road by Ralph Gardner School and had been hit by a car speeding along the road. He was in a bad way by all accounts and Jenny felt really bad for throwing them both out of the shop.’ Now if the lad died she would have to live with that for the rest of her life.
An ambulance followed soon after and the lad was stretchered off. The police were breathalysing a man in the back of the panda car. Shortly after he was arrested and taken down to the police station charged dangerous driving under the influence of Alcohol and speeding in a built up area and causing an accident.
Edward and Moira told Jenny that it wasn’t her fault as they left and they told her that they would see her sometime later in the week. He told her that he would enquire about the lad and ring later.’
New customers were all asking what had happened as they came in.’
The girl who had put too much soap in the machine was crying because she was saying if she hadn’t put too much soap powder in the machine it wouldn’t have happened.
“You cannot say that’ sometimes it’s just fate.’
“Here there’s a drink of Juice for you,’ the girl thanked Jenny then took a drink from the cup.’ I think it has been an eventful day don’t you think.’
“Yes it has.’
“Your mother’s washing will be okay now; I have rinsed it twice so now you can put it into the drier. Use number two because there’s still money left on it from the two lads. “There’s a basket over there on the table.’
The young girl got up and went to the table and got the basket then proceeded to take out the washing and place it in the basket then picked it up and carried it to the drier she then put all the clothes into it and closed the door and away the drier went.
Jenny never enquired why the young girl wasn’t at school today, she knew that a lot parents kept their kids off school to help look after younger siblings or do chores as they went out to work because they couldn’t afford to pay a babysitter.
The man who had dropped his shirts in called in for them. He paid her then gave her a two pound tip on top; she had over a hundred pounds saved from the tips that she had collected since starting three months ago. If she continued she would have four hundred pounds by Christmas. That would more than cover the cost of the Christmas boxes for her family. She had three nieces to buy for as well and she liked to get them something to unwrap for Christmas morning. They were still old enough to enjoy Christmas. She remembered how her father would dress up in his Santa suit and shake a set of slay bells and bring all her toys in his sack. She was almost seven years old when she realised that it was her father and mother bought the presents when she started looking around the house out of curiosity. In her mothers wardrobe she discovered all of the presents all neatly wrapped up and the magic was lost.
She told her mother and father what she had seen and they had to then tell her that the real Santa couldn’t get around everyone’s house so he asked parents of children to deliver the presents for him.
Jenny went along with it but she knew that her mother and father hung onto the idea of her being their little girl and that she wasn’t growing up.