Rotten Rewards

A Chemical Orthodoxy

In primary school, there was an award given every month for kindness. Sponsored in the name of a young man who lost his life tragically young, it was a Big Deal. Given out to one student in the school every month, a 3 form entry primary school ensured that it wasn’t one of those prizes that everyone got by the time they left school.

I was pretty quiet in primary school, and people who know me now would be surprised to hear that I used to be quite shy and reserved. I always tried to be nice, I wanted my teachers and my small circle of friends to like me. And I wanted that prize. I wanted it badly.

I don’t remember many specific episodes from primary school. But I do remember one month, sitting in the hall waiting to hear who would win the prize. A little butterfly fluttered…

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