Sunday, 25 February 2018

Shop Bought


This morning I found myself on a long bar table with eight teenage girls.
I was eating scrambled eggs and a mighty fine Cumberland sausage
They were mostly eating carbohydrates
Their track suits bore the logo " Scotland" .
I think they were part of some sports team
The girls were well spoken and mannered.
Two were discussing a latest news story highlighted on one's phone screen, while another was reading from an iPad.
The troupe had been housed in the rooms above ours and we had heard not a peep from them overnight.
Kids seem so cosmopolitan nowadays .
I thought this when another girl of eleven or so called over to the group from the buffet
to ask if a certain Jenny wanted a warmed croissant 
" its only supermarket!" She said with an apologetic shrug


47 comments:

  1. My teenage years suddenly seem long ago and far away.

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  2. Ha ha, I never even saw a croissant until I was an adult.

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    1. Me neither....I never stayed in a nice hotel until I was 20

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    2. What's a croissant? Just kidding, same with me, never saw one until my twenties, shop baked however, well actually it was a Tim Horton's so not sure if that counts.

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    3. And I wouldn't have known a shop bought one from a crumpet

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  3. Well shop bought can be excellent. . . . . sometimes. Have you ever made croissants from scratch John? Time consuming.

    How nice to hear a positive story about teenagers. "Way to go Scotland" - and this from an English woman!

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    1. Oh that is so lovely. I,m scottish live near the local high school bairns always say good morning or afternoon when they pass. i take a short cut to get home means climbing up a banking to get to the park path. Yesterday 2 young lads saw me doing that insisted on carrying my shopping and back pack to the path. Now i,m fit and able but would never stop people helping, they probably saw me as old😂. I live in Edinburgh think we have a city that thinks it is a small town. With values and low crime.

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    2. Kids need a big up occassionally

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    3. They were delightful

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  4. She had obviously read your blog and this was a veiled reference to your losing it in the checkout queue. Too embarrassed to ask for a signed autograph is my guess.

    LX

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    1. lol I'm not that famous.....yes

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  5. Well mannered kids....something to write home about indeed.

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    1. Something to acknowledge

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  6. Quieter then than when my Scottish husband watched the Rugby ? !!!

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  7. Sounds as though you moved in rather posh circles today.

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    1. Lol it was a bog standard holiday inn weave

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  8. "It's only supermarket."

    Luv it.

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  9. You have stirred us all up with the wide bed to the endless lectures. I love it all.

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  10. When was 11, I acquired a new baby brother so I was feeling very mother hennish
    lol
    When I was 13 I tried to sell him.

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    1. For How's much?

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    2. I don't remember and there is no one to ask .. he was probably dirt cheap .. Of course, no one can afford him now ...sheesh .. he grew up and became a rocket scientist ...

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  11. Growing up in the 1960’s , breakfast seemed very exciting when I was given Rice Krispies that went ‘snap, crackle and pop ‘ , instead of boring cornflakes .........ahhh days of simple pleasures !

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  12. I was walking home with my canvas shopping trolley & struggling to lift it up the curb & then a teenage boy hurried to help me.When I was a teenager at school we used to wave our hockey sticks at the bus like St Trinian's & they often wouldn't allow us onboard x

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  13. I actually do struggle some days, especially to push open heavy doors. Invariably someone does it for me, and holds it. I have come to terms with being taken for old.

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  14. I'm a Scot. Croissants? Meh, give me a good rowie any day. A day old croissant almost fills the need but not quite.

    Isn't having an entire bed to yourself wonderful!

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  15. Gosh, that got me thinking about food. I never say a croissant or a latte until I was in my 20's. My very Irish grandfather even had boiled potatoes with his take out Chinese food. I find most teens are polite and will help out if you ask. Its good to see.

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    1. Anonymous3:57 pm

      The boiled potatoes with Chinese food is funny- but food is food! We find it hilarious that some folks eat pizza with chips!
      Jan

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  16. There are many fine young people out there. Unfortunately they don't tend to make the papers or TV news. Fortunately I believe they are in the majority anyway.

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  17. It is always the youngsters who offer me help on and off the trains with my suitcase and I always say a big thank you.

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  18. They must have been the Lacrosse team from Fettes (girls dept).

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    1. No was Craigmount high school netball!. Wny would girls from expensive fee paying school be more polite?.

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    2. A neighbours daughter Alice was there. They were split over 3 hotels. Blonde haired blue eyed gentle beauty!.

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    3. Bloody hell small world...they were delightful

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  19. Very posh.. even supermarket style. My clearest 'school' memory was an excursion from Sydney to Cairns (a very long way) by train which took us into the Queensland outback. It was very cold at night in our 'sleeper' of 3 bunks high with only a rotating brass hot water bottle in the carriage for warmth.
    In the mornings we would arrive at some way outback railway station to be served cornflakes with freezing milk.. though it was full cream - and a piece of fruit - same every morning.. the trip took 7 days one way! A supermarket croissant was never seen or heard in that era.. now a crumpet, delicious!

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  20. Think maybe I feel a little sorry for them. We were much younger than that at their age, right? We had so much more to look forward to and still do.

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  21. "It's only supermarket"... very classy and they all so much more mature and well-mannered than I was! Very refreshing.

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  22. Not being fooled by inferior baked goods is a life skill!

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  23. Eating sausage on a bar table with 18 teenage girls. That would either be heaven or hell.

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  24. It may be "only supermarket". But is it Waitrose or Lidl? There are croissants and croissants....

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  25. Were can we go that the hotel serves croissants baked in house?

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  26. I first came across croissants as a Saturday Girl in a bakery. I was 16. I also unaware of Indian food until my husband introduced me to it when I was about 20. Hell, I was naive! x

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  27. I find this generation of young teens... hopeful. Most teens try to rebel or do the opposite of the older generation. With the example of Trump and his band of bigots, it looks like the younger generations may lead us into a better world by rejecting their bad behavior and decisions....hope so!

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