I was girly. My sister was a tomboy.
But when our family got locked out, guess who said agreed to being shoved up onto an extension roof and then breaking in through the upstairs bathroom? Yes, me.
If it had been safe to look, I guess I’d have seen seen my sister smirking as I hung from a window fifty feet from the ground.
‘More fool her,’ she’d have been thinking.
Nowadays, she always says I’m brave for trying things even when I’m terrified. Secretly, I suspect she still thinks I’m fundamentally an idiot.
I fear she may be right.
(N.B. This is quite true and the upper window (before it was double-glazed etc and therefore 12 year old proof) is the one I climbed in through. My dad shoved me up onto the extension roof at the end closest in this photograph. No longer our house, therefore blurred!)
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I have a similar tale. I was volunteered to climb through louvre windows, risking being cut in half, and hand-standing onto the draining board of our neighbours house when she locked herself out. Why me and not my sister, I have no idea. Hard to believe but she was a tomboy too!