I suppose I didn't help matters by applying to a further education drama course at the local college. I got in, but I didn't tell Mrs Bastard I was going to do it. Not only had she been so awful to me, but for some bizarre reason, I thought she'd be proud that I acted on my own initiative like that. Sixteen year olds can be very naive!
She did her pieces! That's two years of your life going to waste! You'll never do it!
All sorts of horrible things. She said she was going to stop it. Well, that would be interesting! Of course, she didn't do anything.....
Except hit me where it really hurt, and cancelled my play for the end of term showcase. I didn't shed a tear - until I got out of school. Bloody good script that was too. Spiteful old whore!
Gad! That perm was annoying!
Come mid-July, I left school without a backward glance.
Not a goodbye to either of them!
I was as generous to them as they
were to me!!
It took me a while to get rid of that
Despite this brutal blow to the ego, I must have still excelled at the exams, as come late August,
I got good grades from both subjects.
Mrs Mare said I would never pass the O level, yet I got a C grade. That was very high then. Those GCE's were very hard to get.
And drama was a CSE exam (pilot scheme), and grade One was the highest mark. That booted old Mrs Bastard up the arse!
Well, I had an "interesting" career in the theatre, some good, a lot bad, and I didn't stay in the business for very long. But at least I'd given it a shot!
However, art, despite my healing result, didn't happen again. I thought it had died somewhere along the line.
I couldn't draw a damn thing!
I did colouring with the kids, and made me own cards, but that was it. It had gone for ever. Mrs Mare had truly buried it ....or so I thought.
But I was wrong, it was just lying dormant for 40 years! Before coming back to embrace me!
And I began to love drawing all over again.
Thank you for giving me that gift back!
So I suppose the moral of the story is:
Don't take other people's malice to heart, and don't let it change your life.
You want to do something, you do it.
Listen to yourself, and bugger everybody else!
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