Well, it happened again. Again she called and hollered and accused and growled into the phone that her stuff had not arrived. Again, I accommodated her. The pickers in the back were annoyed to stop and start a new order, the truck contents had to be shifted, the route had to be redone, but she got her “misplaced” order that day. Then it happened again. Now I’m on to her. “Are you sure you actually placed the order?” I said politely. “I’m the only person on telephone sales, and I don’t remember you calling here at all.” Odd shuffling on the end of the phone. I’ve struck a nerve. “Maybe you wrote the order down but didn’t call?” She brayed about how she knew her job and she was a manager and she’s sure I don’t remember every call I receive and she needs this stuff TODAY because she’s waited long enough. So I did it.
When I was maybe around 7 my sister must have been about 2 ,maybe younger, she was tiny but able to walk. It was a really nice summers evening, my dad went down to the pub with his mates which left me, my mum and her indoors. So it was just a normal night I was playing with her messing around and then we sat to have dinner and she was little so she was in her high chair. And me and my mum noticed that something was wrong she was just starring we couldn’t see what she was starring at we turned the tv off to see if she’d look away and she didn’t she Carried on and it got much worse. Her mouth locked and her eyes started rolling back, she was tiny like a dolly, she started shaking she threw up, initially my mum thought she may have been choking so she pried her jaw open so it wouldn’t lock, turns out that was the worst thing to do.
So anyway my mum obviously called the ambulance but my sister got worse and my mum was screaming so loud my neighbours came in and thought someone had gotten in only to see my sister was dying on the floor, the ambulance fast response came so quick that they blew up their engine and I’ll never forget seeing them bagging my baby sister on the floor trying to bring her back to life. Eventually they did and they took her to the nearest hospital to us but the hospital didn’t know what to do so they flew her into great ormond street hospital in London because they’re children’s specialists. They thought that she could have brain damage… and initially thought my parents could have caused it (they have never layed a hand on either of us). But anyway it turned out she had a reaction from a booster she was given 8 days before and it caused her to have a major fit.
He gave me the All Things Must Pass boxed set by George Harrison. I was thrilled ! Boxed sets weren’t cheap. I showed my parents and they didn’t seem concerned. They knew I wasn’t a moron. In return for the gift I had my Dad drive me to The French Quarter one night to go to a t-shirt shop. I bought Coach an Olivia Newton John t-shirt with COACH on the back in glitter letters. He loved it. As an adult I can totally understand why it may have raised concerns and seemed to be inappropriate to other teachers. I know minors can be groomed and never want any harm to come to their abuser, but Coach and I never even sat close enough to each other for anything to happen. He was behind his desk and I was usually in a desk pulled up to his.
I’ll tell you another time when I discovered that our lonely divorced English teacher and a really popular, handsome, rich boy were having sex at her house daily after school. In no time EVERYONE knew it and nothing was done. We also watched as another Coach flirted with a tall , blonde , married History teacher and she flirted back. Pretty soon they were kissing anyplace they could find. She left her husband and they married. He was really not that much older then we were and it was his first job coaching and teaching. He didn’t lose his job at least.
Not too long later, she and her gravelly voice come to my phone line, ranting about the “missed” order she placed and now she needed it NOW. I’ve had it. “Elaine, I apologize profusely for the trouble you are having with our business, and I am going to get the bottom of it. Do you know that orders that come in are taken in quadruplicate? Customer service, accounting, inventory, shipping. Elaine, I am going to track down every slip for every order and find out who is not passing your orders on. You’ll get your order today, I know you need it, but I assure you this problem will be solved.” Awkward silence.