Crisp, my aged companion, stopped at the gatepost.
“I had a birthday party once,” she said, “it was for my twelfth birthday, and my mother went to a lot of trouble to organise it. We lived out of town in those days, and she organised a bus to bring my town friends out to the farm.
She tied balloons around the gatepost at the top of our drive, and we waited for the bus to arrive.
It arrived with only three of the ten kids we’d invited on the bus.
They said the others had decided not to come.
My mother was devastated. She went up to the gatepost and tore off the balloons.
I was left with a lot of party stuff and three friends.
We certainly didn’t go hungry, as mum did her best to appear keen, but underneath I knew she was seething.”
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