Many, many moons ago I moved to the little village of Wrenthorpe when I was just 5 years old. I began my education in Year 1 at the local infant school in Mrs Hirst’s class and it was there where I met three little girls: J, S and B, who turned out to be very special.
After a lovely meal with those same girls last week, nearly 27 years on, I felt it was time to dedicate a post to them and, as my followers grow, let you have another insight into the writer behind Educating Roversi.
They would agree with me when I say that we didn’t all form a strong bond from day one and over the years our bonds have definitely changed and continue to do so. I think they would also agree with me when I say that currently, we may not see each other as much as we would like, but the bond is still very strong.
J was my bestie from infant school. Memories with her begin right back in the early 90’s when we had lunch together, sat on the ‘island’ reading Roger Red Hat and played Crocodile Dundee. As we moved into secondary school it was quite common to see us together and if we weren’t together the question would usually be “Where’s J/B?” If one of us was ill, the other would usually be ill a few days later. Our nights were spent at each others houses, walking around Wrenthorpe and Outwood or on the phone to each other. We share a love of Take That and Hollyoaks. J is loyal and unique. She can read me well and knows when to push me and when to leave me alone. She came to my Dad’s funeral and it was very comforting, as a 17 year old, to see my best friends face on such an emotional day.
As much as I knew S and B at infant school, I bonded with these two when we were put in the same Maths class in Year 9. The combination of us four in the same Maths class meant that our progression in the subject wasn’t great but the memories from those lessons we all hold dear to our hearts. Those moments: writing notes in each others books, chatting to the lads behind us, eating sweets and running out of the lesson in tears following (another) teenage drama, were the base for the amazing friendship we have today.
Me and B had a rocky start to say the least. If I’m honest, she terrified me! Ballsy, to the point and fiery, B was never (and still isn’t) afraid to say what was on her mind. There was an incident back in infant school when i rocked up in a t-shirt with the word “babe” on it and she told me I shouldn’t wear it because I wasn’t a babe. As a 9(?) year old, I was obviously gutted by this remark. As we got closer in future years I reminded her of this and made her feel guilty about it for my own amusement! It was even brought up on my wedding day in the bridesmaid speech. One of the reasons I love B is because I know I will get a straight answer from her. She won’t beat around the bush, so to speak!
S is my wife. This title came from our time at university together. After sixth form we both went to university and shared a room in the first year, before sharing a house in the second year. S is cute and thoughtful. She used to leave me little notes when she went to a lecture and I used to buy her Turkish Delight on my way to 6th form because I knew she liked it. We seem to follow each other around as we now teach at the same school. We don’t see each other too much as it’s a distraction but it’s lovely to have her support when I need it in school.
I have a lot of wonderful people in my life but I’m so so LUCKY to have these three girls in my life. When we sit together I look at them and feel so grateful to be part of a group like this. Three girls that will have my back no matter what, that call me on my sh*t and cheer me on when I need them to. Our different personalities compliment each other and yes, we don’t always agree but life would be pretty boring if we did.
There’s saying that you can’t choose family but you can choose your friends, these girls ARE my family. My sisters from other misters, and I love them lots!