Welcome to this week’s blog hop. Today the topic is:

Did you ever get picked last in gym or some other class? Have you used that in your writing?

I only took up jogging in my late thirties, and loved it. Before that I hated doing any type of sport. At school, yes, I was always the last to be picked for any relay team or anything that involved running. In fact as I got older, wiser and bolder, I would usually bunk off any P.E classes and go and read in the library with a friend, who was also averse to sport. We would have previously hidden the books we wanted to read on unpopular shelves, and lo and behold, most of the time they were still there. We would give the teacher forged notes from our mothers to say we had a period (my mother’s writing was very easy to forge). I’m sure the teacher must have wondered whether we needed to visit a gynaecologist, as usually it was the time-of-the-week rather than the time-of-the-month for us, lol.

On school Sports Day I’d sneak off home early before the ‘fun’ began. Strangely enough my school report for P.E always said ‘satisfactory’. I wonder if the P.E teacher had any idea who I was? The only time I ever turned up for P.E was when we could play tennis in the summer, although I wasn’t much good at it. I still love watching tennis, but don’t even try and play it now as it’s hard on the knees.

I have been working on my WIP a bit more during last week when I had to self-isolate (no, I still don’t have any symptoms) and spookily, I did incorporate the topic into my writing. My character, Norman Wicks, is one of life’s misfits, but I’ll say no more just yet as I don’t want to give away too much of the story.

I always hated standing there waiting to be picked for the relay team. I can still remember the feeling of wanting to be anywhere else except on that bloody school playing field. Oh, the embarrassment of it all!

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