Maybe I was thirteen, perhaps a year older or younger. We were on a family holiday. Mother was there but Father was at home tending the farm. Mother had rented a holiday house somewhere on the Mornington Peninsular.
He had long blond wavy hair and was gorgeous looking, the complete surfer look of the seventies. He was using a skiffle board. What is a skiffle board? I think he stood up on the board and rode small waves. I should google skiffle board, but I can't be bothered. The teenage me was just overcome with something. I was too young to feel lust, or maybe I wasn't. I so wanted him, but I had not a clue how or in what way.
Are gay male teens and straight teen girls preoccupied with dicks? I think at that age we already knew what powerful things they are. We just didn't realise that they aren't connected to the reasoning area of the male brain in any way, and only have a very rudimentary brain of their own.
That is the colour for this post, digressing, as usual. What were those paddle board things called that we held out in front of us while we swam? Perhaps paddle boards? Got it, Jiffy Boards. Google does not seem to know what they are.
A mini kind of surfboard sits at the window of the neighbour's below and at the front of us in one of the kid's bedrooms. While I know it is in the girl's bedroom, I keep thinking of it as the boy's bedroom, because surfing is boys' thing hey. No, the surf board is in the girl's bedroom.
I am sexist.
Let me give you another example. One family on our floor have two children, a boy and girl. She is almost a sour teenage lass, he a little younger and is more bright and outgoing. At times when we step out onto the landing, we hear the tinkle of piano playing, at times scales but other times proper music, sometimes classical, sometimes popular.
In the lift, already thinking I knew that it was the girl, I asked which of you plays the piano so well? Gotta encourage the kiddies in the y'arts. You guessed it, the boy. She plays a little, but he is the pianist.
Enough sexism? One more, but not really. In the phone shop, we dealt with a young Asian female. I so wanted a bloke to deal with who knew about phones.
Now this is the salient point. What we actually wanted was someone with some power and ability to deal. The owner is an older Asian male and he can strike deals. His young Asian female staff don't have that power, and nor do the young Asian males in the shop for that matter. It is not always sexism at the fore.