A letter to... my Guide leader

The Guardian - Jan 05, 06:45 GMT

‘I got my first-aid badge. We learned mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Then, 30 years later..

‘I got my first-aid badge. We learned mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Then, 30 years later...’ The letter you always wanted to write

I’m now in my 50s and a mother of three, but back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, I was a Brownie and then a Guide in St Andrews – just another small town on the east coast of Scotland, not yet famous for royal romance, and known primarily as the home of golf.

As was the case with many teenage girls in those days, I reluctantly went along to my Guide meeting every Wednesday, meaning that I missed the latest episode of Dallas, Dynasty or whatever soap was taking the world by storm at the time. Of course, this was in the days before catchup TV or video recording, so it was a case of “on and then gone”. But once there, it was always better than expected, and we all diligently worked towards an armful of badges that our long-suffering mums would sew on to our blue uniforms, probably with more pride than we ever gained in obtaining them.

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