Wednesday, 26 June 2013

The Day The Schools Break Up

Schools broke up at lunchtime today for the summer holidays.
I am driving towards Govan Cross, passing a row of cars parked outside the Govan Road Campus; the amalgamation of primary schools Cafflic and primary schools Prodisant.

Between two parked cars stands a young girl, tall and fair, with a hand raised, palm flat towards the chest of a boy, sevenish, who is set to race. He's wearing black; football top and shorts, black socks and black trainers. His hair is flaming red and his eyes are set on me as he crouches like a sprinter in the blocks. 
I am approaching at 30 mph. I slow down. I fix my eye on his. He's looking right back at me. I know what he's about to do.
It's the day the schools break up.
Out he shoots. The girl yells and grabs in vain. Emergency stop. The girl pulls him back and he struggles against her. I drive off and he shoots out again behind me and dodges traffic to reach the other side in safety. 
It seems to me that accidents always happen on the day the schools break up.

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