When I was a small boy, around 5 years old, I tended to go to school in long trousers. Don’t ask me why because as was the norm at the time, most of my compatriots wore shorts. One day, in order to be like the other boys, I went to school in short trousers but this didn’t get the reaction I expected. Instead of acceptance, I got ridicule and was the butt of playground chants of “shorty” which seemed to my young mind to be completely bizarre, since my abusers were accusing me of being like them! It also taught me that contrary to the popular misconception that little boys are innocent little angels, in packs they turn into little monsters! However, although I remember this unfortunate incident in my childhood, it hasn’t left me in any way bitter and twisted or averse to showing bare legs.
So I was really pleased today because for the first time this year I could not only go out running, but wear shorts and a t-shirt; it was very nice outside. It was great to run a steady and injury free six miles along the canal towpaths with Helen Mann. Helen managed to finish the route a bit quicker than I but I was being careful; that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.
It’s so much nicer running around the canals and lakes on our doorstep than pounding the streets. Over the winter there was a lot of flooding that affected the area including the Aire and Calder Navigation and St Aidan’s nature reserve, but now things are distinctly dryer. I can’t wait to make even more use of the local footpath network when I’m fitter and stronger.
“I establish my covenant with you: never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.’” Genesis 9:11 NIVUK