great Pyramids in Egypt and travel to Africa to see the Victoria Falls. She wanted to sail along the Nile and go to Mexico to see the Aztec museum and see where the great Montezuma had once ruled. She hoped and dreamed that one day this would all come true.
When all the cleaning was done Tom took off his overalls then placed them into his haversack along with his towel. He cycled to the YMCA hoping to see Colette but was told that they had all left at one o’clock that day.
He went down to the showers and took out his soap and a sponge then undressed quickly. Getting under the hot water invigorated his body and he felt much better coming out. He put on his clean jeans and a tee shirt then put on his socks and boots.
Walking up stairs Tom found his bicycle that he had chained to one of the radiators. He unlocked it and placed it into his haversack. He took it outside and the cold air hit him the sky was a grey colour and he hoped that it would not rain tonight as he was going to meet Shirley the girl he had met in the church dance. He didn’t even know if she would show up but he was going anyway.
It was just after six when he got home and his mother told him that her Cousin Eddie was coming for dinner. She had gone out and bought a leg of pork and the smell of it had Tom salivating.
“I see you made some broth as well mam said Tom as he tied the Hanky over his face again to stop the paint fumes getting on his chest.’
“Yes, it’s for tomorrow’s dinner. I have made a pan of broth for Colin to take home. He brought me two tins of white paint so that your father can crack on and get this house painted at the weekend.
“Why don’t you just ask Colin if he would do it? He would have it done in no time mam and there wouldn’t be any mess.
“Aye; I will ask him when he calls in.’
“I’m going out tonight mam.’
“No prizes for guessing who with then said his mother.’
“Are you stopping over at his house again tonight?’
“I don’t know mam; I don’t want to impose on Mickey’s parents again he lied.’
Well if you are let me know will you as I worry about you when you are out.’
“Mam I’m a big lad now and I can look after myself.’
“No matter how big you get you will still be my bairn; did you bring home your whites son as I am going to do the washing tonight?’
“Yes mam, they are in my haversack.’ I think it’s going to rain though there’s a hell of a dark cloud coming over.’
“I hope not or Colin won’t get the street finished tonight. “ Well one side anyway said his mother with concern. That lad has never stopped all day.’
Here’s a cup of tea for you until your dad comes in.’
I hope that he’s not going to be late mam because I’m going out at half past seven.’
“Your dad is never late for his dinner; he knows that it will be ready for him when he comes home.’
Agnes took out the leg of pork from the oven and set it down to rest she tapped the cracklin to make sure that it was crisp then set about making the gravy.’
“I will get the plates to warm mam and set the table.’
“Good lad; can you refill the kettle as well son because your dad likes a nice cup of tea with his dinner.’