When Archie was in high school he went to one of those schools where at the end of the year, they broke up two weeks before the public schools and as such, he had a lot of time to fill.
One year when Archie was at home having finished school for that calendar year, he was bored. All of his mates were still at school and he had no one to muck around with. As a solution, he came up with an idea. Well, I don’t know if it was his idea but I certainly wasn’t forewarned of Archie’s plans for the day. He left the house early and caught the bus to where his mate, Jay met him.
Jay was dressed in school uniform and he handed Archie one of his spare uniforms and Archie changed into it. The school bus arrived and both boys climbed on and Jay introduced Archie to all on board as a boy who was starting at the school the following year and as he had missed the orientation, Jay would be showing him around the school for the day. That was the scam they had come up with. No one scratched their heads and no one asked Archie to get off the bus.
They arrived at school and walked through the gates and the first class of the day was Computer Science. The teacher walked in and asked Archie who he was. Jay told the teacher, ‘This is Archie; he’s starting at the school next year but he missed the orientation so I’m showing him around for the day’. The teacher looked a bit puzzled but said, ‘Carry on’.
Archie went on-line and googled the website for his school and gathered the pupils around and showed them the school he had been going to (was going to), and they all liked the look of the images and asked him lots of questions including if he was looking forward to going to the local high school the next year’. Archie said he was very much looking forward to attending the school.
The bell rang and it was off to PE. The PE teacher barely noticed he was there and didn’t ask too many questions but just made sure Archie participated in the games he’d organised.
After PE it was recess and Jay introduced Archie to all the students and they were all very welcoming and happy to meet him.
After lunch Jay took Archie to Science and then English. Not a problem. Then it was lunch and Archie ordered a few snacks from the Canteen (Archie’s school didn’t have a Canteen) and was really enjoying his day.
But after lunch there was Maths and the Maths teacher started asking a lot of questions. The boys stuck with their story. But word had made its way to the headmistress that there was a strange boy wandering around in uniform and did anyone know who he was. The headmistress checked her records and couldn’t find an enrolment for any boy called ‘Archie’. So she picked herself up and walked to the Maths class.
When the headmistress arrived she called Jay out of class. He was interrogated but stuck with the story. The headmistress said, ‘If he’s not who he says he is we’re calling the police’. She sent him back into class and called out the Maths teacher. When he left the room, Jay said to Archie, ‘Mate, you’d better leg it; they’re calling the cops’.
So Archie opened a window, jumped out and ran.
Only another 45 minutes and he would have made it through the day.
Archie said it was the best day of school, ever.
These Christmas Sugar Cookies are from a recipe my mother used to make way back in the 1970’s. Speaking of schools, I made these for Alfie to take to school to share with his class. There are Christmas Trees, Angels, Hearts, Bells and Stars.
Christmas Sugar Cookies
Makes: 4 1/2 dozen
Degree of Difficulty: 2/5 for cookies, 3/5 for decorating
Cost: The cookies are very inexpensive to make but buying what you need to decorate the cookies can be expensive.
- 2 1/2 cups plain flour
- 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
- 1/2 tspn salt
- 1 cup butter (225gms)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 tbspns milk
- 2 tspns vanilla
Combine flour, icing sugar and salt in a large bowl. Cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs (or use food processor). Add egg, milk and vanilla; mix until dough holds together. Press into ball. Wrap and chill well. Roll 1/2 of the dough at a time on lightly floured board and proceed.
Preheat oven to 180C or 375F.
Roll dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters. Arrange 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks and cool. Frost as desired with frosting. Decorate as desired.
- 2 egg whites
- 2 cups icing sugar, sifted
- 1 tbspn lemon juice
- food colouring
In a bowl with an electric mixer, beat egg whites until frothy. Gradually add icing sugar and beat until smooth consistency. Add lemon juice and continue to beat until smooth. Divide into bowls and tint different colours.
For the Christmas Trees: I decorated them with green icing then sprinkled them with green sparkles and added some cachous and little stars.
For the Stars: I painted them with yellow icing then dipped them in white sparkle sugar.
For the Bells: I painted them with white icing then sprinkled them with an edible red glitter.
For the Angels: I painted them with a light pink icing then dipped them in white sparkle sugar.
For the Hearts: I painted them with white icing then dipped them in red glitter sprinkles.
These are great cookies to make for Christmas gifts and there is scope to decorate them in any way you like. I have decorated these to suit Alfie’s class at school which is 8-9 year olds. I love how edible sparkly products are now available.
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