We continued on our tour and arrived at the library. It was the same space that served as the library when I was a student, but it seemed smaller. The first thing I noticed was the multitude of computers. There were also far fewer books. We walked to the far corner.
“Colin, right here was a carousel filled with National Geographic magazines.”
“What’s a carousel?”
I explained then added, “You might appreciate why I remember the National Geographic magazines when you get a bit older.”
Later that evening I was talking to Mr. B. who was the vice-principal when the school opened. He spent most of his career at that school. I told him about the carousel and the National Geographics.
He replied, “Ah yes. African boobies.”
I am sure that over the years many students developed an attraction for certain editions of that magazine. But for that school, my grade 5 and 6 buddies and I were among the first.
Ah, the innocence of youth.
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