Illicit Icecream Licker

When I was growing up I didn’t get pocket money but more often than not I did get lunch money. There was a little shop next to Henley Beach Primary and that’s where we could get our food, we could order it in the morning then pick it up at lunch time. People who never do it think buying your lunch is great but I can’t ever remember being excited about it. At one stage the shop sold Sherbert Icecream and it was much cheaper than other icecream. A double icecream usually cost 10 pence which is less than 10 cents (if you ignore inflation). Some people said it was cheap because it was normal icecream gone wrong and they made it into sherbert, I had no idea if that was true but liked it anyway.

One day instead of lunch I bought a double Sherbert Icecream. I must have been late getting it because the bell went when I still had the whole thing. No way was I going to throw it out so I sneaked it into the classroom and hid it in the desk. The desks we had were double ones. The back of your seat was the front of the desk behind, the bench seats flipped up and the desk top sloped with a lift up lid. I kept my left hand with the icecream under the lid then lifted it and dipped my head down to eat the icecream. The raised lid hid my face so I managed to eat the whole thing without being sprung. We probably had at least 40 kids in the class and I was near the back so that would have helped.


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The seats had a nasty habit of falling back with a BANG!
This is only half the length of the ones we had, the seats had a nasty habit of falling back with a BANG!
It's not sherbert but it is a double cone.
It’s not sherbert but it is a double cone.

Trouble on the Tram Track

I think I might have been in about Grade 3 when I had a bit of a buster on my way home from school. After we moved from Henley Beach to Fulham (The area is Fulham Gardens now) I had to get to school by tram. We walked the 200 metres to the tram stop at the Tapley’s Hill Road, Henley Beach Road intersection then the tram went right down the middle of Henley Beach Road and across the viaduct after the “S” bend.  We got off just near Fry’s Butcher Shop then we walked the 500 metres to school.

Coming home one day I was a bit late and saw the tram at the stop so I ran but when I was crossing the tram lines I tripped and fell banging my knee on the steel tram track. My case flew open and I had the added embarrassment of everything spilling out. I was directly in front of the tram so the driver would have seen it all.

I don’t remember struggling the 200 metres home from the tram stop but I do remember being home from school for a few days. I can vividly see myself sitting on a potty with my rigid right leg stuck out straight, I couldn’t bend the knee at all so couldn’t walk out to the toilet. It’s possible a doctor came to the house to see me but I doubt it and I certainly would remember if I’d been taken for Xrays.  Scans weren’t invented then so it was just a case of getting over it.


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This tram is heading west. going home was east but it's at the stop near Fry's Butcher Shop.
This tram is heading west. Going home was east but it’s at the stop near Fry’s Butcher Shop.