It is just after Christmas and he comes home from school with tears in his eyes, you try and ascertain what the trouble is, but he’s reluctant to tell you for fear that if he does things will get much worse. A week or so later Paul finally tells you that some of the boys at his school have been making fun of him because he’s the only boy there who wears short trousers.
He tells you that wearing short trousers makes him feel as though he’s very much a kid; he goes on to say that the boys come up and either slap his legs or stroke them. He asks you why he still has to wear shorts when boys much younger than him wear long trousers or jeans.
As the weeks go by and with Easter approaching Paul becomes even more withdrawn, and you begin to think that the time has come for you to lose the little boy who is your son and welcome a young man into the household by giving Paul his very first pair of long trousers.
On the first day of the Easter holidays you take Paul to Hazelwood’s department store for a new suit and some grey long trousers for school. He’s overwhelmed when he tries on his new long trousers for the first time and he gives you a very big hug. The holidays come and go and Paul returns to school. Things begin to settle down at school and Paul is no longer tormented by the other boys.
During the long summer holidays, you have a very important job interview to go to and as there is no one to keep an eye on Paul, you have no option but to take him with you. You insist he wears his best suit and as you are getting ready he nips into the garden for a few minutes. While there, he goes down on one knee to tie his right shoe lace, as he is tying it, he is unaware that the left leg of his trousers, which is in contact with the ground, has got soil on it.
When Paul’s mother sees this she becomes furious with him and as she brushes the trouser leg, she tells Paul that she is of a mind to put him back into short trousers for being so careless. Paul says he’s sorry, but that doesn’t help, the last thing his mother wants before the interview is this kind of hassle.
During the bus ride Paul can think of nothing more than what he just heard his mother tell him. What will the boys do when they see he’s been put back into shorts and more importantly will his Mum carry out her threat.
I know what really happened, you see I was in that situation Paul was and I’ll reveal all in due course.
Paul in shorts worried
Paul in longs much happier
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