On my first day of school mum walked with me to the top of Kelmarna Avenue and then she asked me to continue with my sister.
I didn't want to leave the comfort of my mother’s side.
I didn't want to be pushed out and into the big scary world.
I just was NOT ready to leave her side.
Upon reflection, maybe it was because she was busy with my younger twin brothers and I wanted more of her.
But, then, on the way, Mum showed me a light green cylinder shaped pencil case with a silver teethed zip.
Mum said, "Bernie if you go to school for five days in a row, I'll give you this pencil case."
And so I did go for five days.
And I did get the pencil case.
By then, I was okay going to school.