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A Shout From The Attic: Eileen

...Some people are ready for kindness and it is wonderful when it arrives on time...

Ronnie Bray tells of a school pupil who was filled with kindness.

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Perhaps it could not, in the conventional meaning of the word, be termed a friendship, but I formed a mutual understanding with Eileen. She had passed her eleven-plus examination at another school and, it was understood, had started grammar school, but found the work rather difficult, so she moved into our class and sat at the next desk to mine.

To say that she was a nice girl is to say too little about her. Eileen was invariably polite, not given to showing any meanness of spirit, but, contrariwise, she was consistently thoughtful and kind. She wore her hair in two long plaits and came from a well to do family who owned a printing company. We got on without being close, probably because I did not say anything about her about moving down from a grammar school.

Some people are ready for kindness and it is wonderful when it arrives on time, and it was as welcome to me as it seemed to be to her.


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