Sunday, 28 February 2010

Childhood Friends

I recently found a Group on FB that made me smile and brought back sweet memories.

Sunnyside Primary School in Pretoria

This is the school I attended when we first arrived in South Africa from Scotland.  I was 9 years old and I arrived toward the middle of their school year.  A brand new country, a brand new school, a whole different way of living....Everything was so new and foreign to me that I honestly thought my classmates were speaking another language.  I was initimiated and confused by the accent because it was so different and I had a hard time understanding it initially but I soon got the hang of things and started making friends.

I was the new foreign red head with the funny accent.  Ironic because I was the one who thought they sounded funny.

I didn't recognise any names at first in the FB Group, except for one wee boy who had posted a picture of himself as I remembered him.  From there, I found classmates who's surnames had changed and they remembered me.  

It took me back almost thirty years and the memories came flooding back.  Playing marbles with the boys in the dig outs on the playground, playing elastics with the girls and swapping pretty writing papers.  Attending parties and having my first crushes on boys. 

The great news is that we're having a reunion brunch at the end of the month to get together, catch up and share old photos from that time.

I then took a chance and went to find classmates from my primary school in Scotland - Bellfield Primary School but I couldnt' find anyone as there is no dedicated group.  I'll be adding one soon.  I dug out my old Bellfield Primary School T-Shirt today (the only item of clothing I have kept for 35 years).  I put it on Kaylin (my four year old) and took a picture of her wearing it. 

More memories came flooding back.  This time memories of school in Scotland and the friends I had there, playing violin and drying our pokees on the radiator when it snowed....



Have you kept in contact with anyone from primary school?

Kaylin wearing my 35 year old primary school t-shirt

9 comments:

TechnoBabe said...

You remind me of my hubby with red hair and freckles. Love the photo of you with the long braid. I moved around so much as a kid that I never was in one place long enough to make life long school friends. Aren't you glad you kept the few things from those school days? Your daughter looks sweet in your old shirt. It fits her to a "tee".

Brian Miller said...

wow. you still have the t shirt...FB has been pretty neat in seeing people long forgotten...

Mo said...

I'm impressed you still have the t-shirt.

Dutch donut girl said...

You haven't changed a bit.

janie said...

Gillian , it's WONDERFUL you still have the Bellfield Primary T-Shirt - I loved that school ! i've also managed to get hold of some of my classmates from Bellfield and The Academy recently ....Audrey , Morag , Stuart , Jack , Lizzie , Leslie , Dawn ...names I hadn't thought of for MANY years . It's really exciting to be in contact with them again!! Good luck with the Sunnyside Primary brunch - have you traced Natasha ? Janie xxxx

Green-Eyed Momster said...

Just a few friends from high school. I don't use my real name on Facebook though. I have my reasons.

Congrats on finding your friends. I hope you have fun at the reunion.

Hugs!!

Vicky said...

Yep,I have managed to catch up with a couple on facebook.......

Sir Thomas AKA (Winters Reaper) said...

no but I wish I had..... My very first sweetheart was there

Gillian said...

Janie> Yes I have she married with two kiddies now!

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