As a child I was a happy little soul and generally sunny natured, BUT, as Len will agree, to this day I hate injustice and unfairness. This tale is apparently the first time I displayed my dislike of what seemed to me gross unfairness at the time:
Of course the process began during day times, when I was placed on a really pretty china potty to get me used to the idea. The first time my Mum's back was turned, I hopped up and with a roar like a baby bull elephant picked up the offending potty and hurled it across the marble floor - where it promptly smashed into pieces. And then scarpered off to the linen cupboard where I stood, crying for a nappy!
No more china potties for me then, but in those far off days, plastic wasn't resilient like it is now - it was quite brittle. But, that was just more of a challenge - it took a toddler with an angry little face more time to smash a potty by bashing it on the floor repeatedly and then stand there defiantly or run off to the linen cupboard. And, bonus, each 'potty break' bought me a day or two's reprieve whilst Mum trailed into Valletta to buy another one.
here, for the snippets playground when Jules was in charge.
Anyhow, Dad finally lost patience and brought home the ultimate weapon - as pictured at the top of this posting - one enamelled tin potty, 'Armed Forces for the use of'. That quaint expression 'for the use of' was commonplace in Forces life when describing equipment or household items issued for the 'use' of enlisted personnel or their families.
Oh dear, what a challenge that proved to be - potty training sessions soon rung out loud and clear to the neighbours with the sound of repeated banging of said tin potty on the floor. And, eventually, although it looked like it had been through the Somme, the potty won the day! If you really can't beat them you just have to join them I guess :(
I made the mistake of telling Len this tale years ago and, on the rare occasion I do get furious, he just quietly says 'Bit of potty bashing going on then?'. Thankfully it's always guaranteed to make me laugh!