(twenty six years ago, to be precise)
MrM lived at the top of this staircase.
Behind this door.
The facilities were basic
but he worked hard and played hard
and enjoyed life.
It was a long way up the stairs
when MrsM went to visit
(of course, in those far off days,
she was the lovely MissP)
One day MrM decided to play a trick on her...
he climbed out of the window
with the intention of springing up
to surprise her as she walked past.
But she was late.
And his fingers got tired
And so he fell down onto the ledge.
And had to cry for help.
MasterM is mystified.
"But WHY would you do that?" he asks
MrM is unrepentant
"I did it to make your mother laugh."
And the memory of that day still makes me laugh
Twenty six years later.