Please excuse Jack wearing his trainers to class, only he lost his school shoe in the river.

Please excuse Jack wearing his trainers to class, only he lost his school shoe in the river.

It were like this Miss Grimble…

Me and the Nipper, we’re feeding the ducks when the Little Blighter leans too far. Seizing his coat tails sharpish, we splash as one into the churning waters.

Plunging down down , almost to a double funeral, I grasp the foot of a passing swan. Spluttering and crying, we’re swept downstream.

Slowing down at the meander, the Nipper grabs a branch.

Muddy, soaked and shivering, we’ve almost clambered out when a mighty trout swallows my leg whole. Shaking and cavorting, I pull free but sacrifice the shoe.

So that’s the shoe Jack, and English composition homework?

Miranda 2022

As a primary school teacher I received many interesting notes from parents. This one, about the lost shoe in the river (that I’ve reproduced as my title) is real. Jack’s story of what really happened…I’ll leave you to decide.

My local river (the River Wandle, a tributary of the London Thames) is fast flowing but shallow in most parts; no children were harmed in the course of this story.

Many thanks to our esteemed Friday Fiction host, Rochelle and to Ted Strutz for the photo.

To jump into the swim and fish out more tales click here.

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23 thoughts on “Please excuse Jack wearing his trainers to class, only he lost his school shoe in the river.

    • Yes, wasn’t the case at the actual school where I worked but certainly used to be an issue. The UK is obsessed with school uniform that is supposed to help child of all backgrounds – it doesn’t! My son went to a lovely school with a minimal uniform but own coat, own shoes (that could be trainers)…so much easier for all parents and children than buying different basics for school.

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  1. I recently read that a child was claiming in school that his uncle is Superman. He was repeatedly told not to tell lies, and so he came back the next day with Henry Cavill, one of the actors who played Superman recently, who happened to be his uncle 🙂 It turns out that sometimes, children’s most fantastic tales are true 😀

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