This morning we left the comfort of our home very early to get as far away from London as possible. I left home with my two best friends, Rudy and Miriam, by my side. Some of the children, especially the very young ones, howled and cried even though the teachers tried to comfort them. I suppose if I were 6 years old a day like today may have overwhelmed me; but being nearly 11 years old I think it’s a chance for an interesting adventure. Everyone walked to the train station as a very large group, and people gathered on the street to wave, smile and even cry a bit as we walked past. It was a very strange parade really.
The amount of people, and crying, screaming children made for a chaotic journey until Miriam came up with this ingenious plan to keep us from getting separated. “Let’s button our coats to one another, so we can’t get away from each other!” Miriam is always so jolly and creative, and her plan worked well. Her, Rudy, and I (while receiving looks of bewilderment and confusion) remained in our small group tightly buttoned in a line of coats. One teacher looked at us with disgust and exclaimed,” How absurd! You look like a devilish three-headed monster!” “Thank you ma’am!” , was Miriam’s cheerful reply.
Our train made the long journey all the way to Penzance. It did stop many times along the way to allow groups off the train. I for one was very glad to stay on the train until the end of the line as it’s the furthest any of us had ever been from London.
Although Rudy believes he led an exciting life before he arrived at St. Anne’s. He imagines he was really born in the United States and was the son of a film star, Rudolph Valentino. “So how did you end up with us at St. Anne’s smarty!” Miriam often inquired. “It’s a long and fascinating story, I’ll fill you in tomorrow.” Was always his response. The Sisters were inspired to name Rudy after Rudolph Valentino, one of their favorite film stars, but that was as close to Hollywood as Rudy has ever been.