"So, Granny," said The Small One, settling down on the rug in front of the fire and taking Higgins, the 3-legged cat, onto her lap,
"Tell me what my school was like when you were there. "
"Well," said Granny, "Some things change and some things stay the same. What you call Home Economics, your Mum knew as Domestic Science while I went to Domestic Economy. In those days we had to do sewing as well; and it wasn't fun, interesting sewing. We had to make underwear. Can you imagine? Wartime knickers. Bloomers. Out of any fabric we could find. They turned out big and baggy; and I remember we had a boy in our class who was daft and funny; and when he grew up he became a famous actor. Well, I hid those bloomers in my desk until, one day, he found them and he tried them on and danced behind the teacher's back. I can still picture it," she said, smiling at the memory.
"And cookery? I think I made a beef salad for my first practical exam, just like you. But I had to carry it in a basket and it bumped against my knees and banged off my gas mask; and once I was struggling so hard I ended up on the wrong tram and I rode miles away from home."
"Tram?" said The Small One, her eyes wide.
"I get a lift."
"I know you do," said Granny.
"You're a lucky girl. If I didn't take the tram, I had to bicycle. And one day, I remember, my brakes failed and I went flying all the way down the hill and over the bridge without stopping. It's that hill beside the church. You know. where your Mum picks you up."
"I know the one," nodded The Small One.
"It's the long one, with the theatre at the bottom. They've knocked it down and they're building a new one; and sometimes the lorries are all over the road."
"I know about the new one," answered Granny (smiling at the neat ending she could feel just ahead of her) "It was on the news last week. They were interviewing a VIP about his fund raising for it. Can you guess who it was?"
The Small One shook her head slowly. And then she stopped and raised one eyebrow hopefully.
"It was, you know," said Granny, beaming.