Our first preacher for the new school year was Hugh Ouston, the Warden of Glenalmond College. With four of last year’s leavers making their own fresh starts at Glenalmond, Mr Ouston talked to us about the opening chapter of Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee and described to us what it felt to be like a three year old, lifted from a carrier’s cart and planted down into an overgrown garden that appeared like a jungle with “knife-edged wicked green grass thick as a forest” and “grasshoppers that chirped and chattered and leapt through the air like monkeys”. Lots of us are facing being new this term, and facing new challenges......
What happened to three year old Laurie? He burst into tears as “alone in a world whose behaviour I could neither predict nor fathom…the sun hit me smartly on the face like a bully”. He was quickly scooped up by attentive older sisters and comforted with blackcurrants. Whatever the fear of the unknown this year and going forward, I hope that you will find plenty of older brothers and sisters at hand.
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