I was a swotty kid and hated sport. There were other subjects I did not particularly enjoy (maths, science. housecraft) but was around the middle of the bunch in my class. I was always slow and clumsy at sport.
I especially hated the way the two most sporty girls were named team captains and had to pick their teams turn and turn about.
Yes - I was always the one left standing at the end.
In contrast my sister was good at sport but not academic. Her life was made difficult because she was not top of the class.
When I was 14 the following conversation took place:-
Sports teacher: your not interested in sport are you Biglouis?
Me: No miss, Im not good at it and I dont see the point
Sports teacher: You cant go through life ignoring the things you dont like Biglouis
Me: Look Miss, Im top of the class in 5 academic subjects and its those I will be putting down on the application forms when I look for a job. Im going to be going into the civil servise or one of the professions. Im not looking for a job as a sports teacher,
Sports teacher: youve got an answer for everything Biglouis. Your a cheeky girl.
Me: no miss, you asked me a question and I answered you.
In spite of being top of the class and always representing my house in various competitions (and mostly winning) I was never chosen as a prefect. I suspect that not being "popular and sporty" had something to do with that.
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