The Girl who saved the day ( and killed a roach.)

Teenagers care immensely what people think of them. Their sense of self is being developed and their egos take a crushing blow. The other day in class a young man that we shall call Tom opened his backpack to slip out a book. What crawled out instead was a very large and very brown cockroach. I don’t do well with roaches. As an aside I’ll mention that I once handed over my pocket money to a friend in return for the killing of the large cockroach making its way across my room. I am a wimp with a capital W. A wimp moving to Africa where I hear the bugs are super-sized.

Apparently Tom didn’t do too well with cockroaches either judging by the speed with which he leapt, white faced onto the nearest desk. While he was shaking like a lilly white leaf the girl of his dreams, the one everyone knows he adores, we’ll call her Nat, was slipping off her shoe and giving that cockroach what-for. Within minutes she had that roach crushed and swept up in a tissue much to the applauding, cheering and jeering of the class. I was outside of the room, hand on forehead, quivering until the beast was dispatched to the garbage. With a stroke of perfect timing, at the exact moment that all this was going on, in fact at the moment that Nat was running to the garbage in the corridor, roach in hand, the head of admissions was passing by with a prospective family who were visiting the school with a mind to enter their child next year.

Now, Nat is the hero of this story, the coolest chick in the school, the brave roach squashing student and object of Tom’s admiration. Tom, on the other hand, is now considered a “girl” and his emasculation proved the subject of much hilarity in the lunch room. He now looks upon Nat with Awe, in addition to Lust but hopefully his feathers have barely been ruffled. His sense of humour and his ego are intact but still, that must have hurt a tad. What was once an infamous tale of unrequited 10th grade love is now a tale of girl rescues boy. I, of course, was thrilled by the display of girl power, and a smidge jealous of her bravery.

I might need to brush up on my shoe wielding skills.

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4 responses to “The Girl who saved the day ( and killed a roach.)

  1. Tom

    You just had to use the name Tom, didn’t you?

  2. Bacchanalwomantt

    A friend sent me the link to an article in the New York mag about Trinidad. Your blog was a recommended read.

    As a Trini expat for 25 years now residing in Toronto by way of Montreal, the UK and France, I was curious to read about the experiences of an expat to Sweet T&T.

    So far, I’ve found your blogs well-balanced and entertaining, bringing back memories of my childhood!

    I can’t wait to read about your Ugandan experiences.

  3. Teresa

    hahaha, Nat and Tom got some tough love going on there

  4. Nadeska

    miss, this story is amazing!! it really did make my day!! You make Nat sound fearless, she is really just used to cockroaches running amok her apartment

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