When I were a girl, I spent my pocket money on redskins and choo choo bars

14 May

So we’re driving down to Marina Mall, because that’s where my knitting group meets, and we drive past the Emirates Palace and I tell the lads that there’s a gold machine inside, and the lads ask about the ins and outs of it as lads are wont to do. I tell them the smallest sliver costs 175 dirhams.

And youngest boy, who spends all of his pocket money the minute he gets it, (in fact why do we call it pocket money when as far as I can tell, not a cent has ever reached his pockets) says to eldest boy, who never ever spends a cent,

‘Oh my God, you could buy some gold!’

And eldest lad (who, remember, never spends a cent) says, ‘I could buy heaps.’

So then they start bouncing up and down, and youngest child is saying, ‘Can we go? Can we go? So he can buy some gold?’ And eldest lad is saying, ‘Gold! I could buy gold. Heaps of gold.’

And the mister looks at me, and I look at the mister, and neither of us know what we should say. Or even think.

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5 Responses to “When I were a girl, I spent my pocket money on redskins and choo choo bars”

  1. Pavlov's Cat May 15, 2010 at 3:10 am #

    Gold is a Jungian symbol for psychological/spiritual wholeness. I think you should hang onto that thought.

  2. elsewhere May 15, 2010 at 3:57 am #

    Oh you can still do it with the choo choo bars and redskins — I bought my first choo choo bars in about 30 years Barkly Square when I got here. Didn’t know they still existed.

    Red and black ….hmmm.

  3. suse May 15, 2010 at 5:18 am #

    Redskins are smaller these days have you noticed?

  4. elsewhere May 15, 2010 at 8:58 am #

    Could be that your paws are bigger…

  5. jac May 15, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    But if you COULD have bought gold, I bet you would have. 20c bag of mixed gold? Oh yeah.

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