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Chapter 11: Moving On
My childhood friend Margaret never did join the Guides. When she was 13, she told me she wanted a boyfriend. I started flirting with the boys at school a few years later. Margaret taught me the facts of life on Sunday evenings, mostly by telling me dirty jokes while our mothers were in church and once quoting from a pop song ‘It only hurts for a little while’. It's strange that I was taught childcare in domestic science lessons but not how to make babies! Margaret married quite young and emigrated to Australia.
I dreaded leaving school. I became very depressed and was often reduced to tears. The normal leaving age in my school was 16 for physically disabled children. I was allowed ...