Watch out danger

I picked up some old school jotters of mine when I was home visiting my Mum this weekend. Here’s something I wrote on 29 January 1981; I was in Primary 5:

I know some dangers in your home. If your pan goes on fire my mum has a metal tray to puton it and a fire extinggwisher. If a plug is loose turn it off but if someone is stuck to it knock them out the way but if it is 150v you leave them to die.

Harsh, I know. Obviously public safety was of utmost importance in the life this Scottish schoolboy, if a little misguided in its accuracy.

Here’s another one, with spelling uncorrected:

“I have bean in two hospitals. I’ve been in peel and cottage hospitail. My dad was in reesantly with a rupturde kidney.”

Then I drew what looks like me trying to draw what I imagined a ‘rupturde’ kidney looks like. Including the word ‘pop’ next to it.

There’s more… but I’ll keep the best till tomorrow.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 49 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.