Beginnings by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 6 part 1 of 8

Beginnings by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 6 part 1 of 8

Simon Macbeth Leeds Now I’m older and I’m still a little scared of the dark, but these days I’m able to keep an upstairs light on when I go to bed. The dream never altered and lasted for five years until I was about eight years old. I don’t know why this dream always played itself out on Christmas Eve. A friend of mine who is into dream analysis tells me that the man in the dream is everything my Dad was not. He was protecting me from the mayhem…

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Beginnings by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 6 part 2 of 8

Beginnings by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 6 part 2 of 8

Simon Macbeth Leeds I used to wake up at some silly hour on Christmas morning and have to sit in my bedroom for hours before my parents decided it was an acceptable time for me to get up. We used to open our presents in my Mum and Dad’s bedroom and a bigger, special present would sometimes be waiting for us downstairs as well. Christmas was always the most exciting of times. I liked birthdays and Easter because I got to eat a lot of chocolate, but Christmas was always…

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Beginnings by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 6 part 3 of 8

Beginnings by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 6 part 3 of 8

Simon Macbeth Leeds Everyone loved my bike and my love affair with that breathtakingly beautiful piece of metal lasted for a year, until a friend got one for Christmas. His was a newer model and 10 times better than mine. It had more gears on it and went twice as fast. For one year though, I was someone special. Everything was wonderful about that present, apart from one thing. I unwrapped it in the kitchen, whooped with joy, and then realised that the tires were flat. My parents hadn’t bothered…

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Beginnings by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 6 part 4 of 8

Beginnings by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 6 part 4 of 8

Simon Macbeth Leeds My parents have always lived in Morley, to the south of Leeds. The house that they bought with their first mortgage when I was a baby is where they still live now. I was born on 21st May 1976 in Dewsbury. My parents are Iain and Christine who were just 22 and 19 years old when I was born. I was their second child behind my older sister Helen, who was born in January of the previous year. My Dad was a printer, although I had no…

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Beginnings by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 6 part 5 of 8

Beginnings by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 6 part 5 of 8

Simon Macbeth Leeds Andrew and I used to get up to loads of mischief in the fields and farmland on the edge of Morley. It was a great place to play and we used to break in to the old mills and barns and chase around after the chickens and turkeys on the farms. We’d explore the area and do stuff to keep our little lives entertained. The older we got, the further we’d roam away from our houses. None of that land we made our own seems to be…

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Beginnings by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 6 part 6 of 8

Beginnings by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 6 part 6 of 8

Simon Macbeth Leeds I’d drawn my Mr Men and there was a little girl there who started screaming and crying because she couldn’t draw as well as me. Perversely, I felt really good about that. My parents rarely encouraged me by saying, “Well done.” They didn’t tell me that I was good at something or ever give me compliments. I understood why this kid was screaming and crying. It was because I was a lot better at doing something than her. In its way, it was a huge compliment and…

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Beginnings by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 6 part 7 of 8

Beginnings by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 6 part 7 of 8

Simon Macbeth Leeds Claire was one of the people I grew up with in junior school. I had no memory of her from that little moment of conversation, until when we were both older and I started fancying girls. She was absolutely gorgeous and I definitely fancied her then, although there were a lot of girls I used to fancy at that time. About 15 years ago, I saw her again in Leeds. I recognised her and she was still a really good-looking girl. I don’t know if she recognised…

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Beginnings by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 6 part 8 of 8

Beginnings by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 6 part 8 of 8

Simon Macbeth Leeds In high school, I was always in the second to top set for math. I suppose if I had worked as hard as other people I could have done better. I never did any work and I messed around too much. My memories of my early school life are positive. It was a good time and a lot of good memories live on, even learning to skip for a school play. It’s not a skill I’ve used much since. I do, however, remember the first lad I…

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