Paddy starts school with a cold potato in his pocket
Well hello, you can call me Paddy. I hear you are starting school soon. That will be grand. Things were different in my day. We had to walk to school, or if we were very lucky my dad would put us on the horse. Two kids up on the saddle and two walking, we would take it in turns to ride. I expect you will get taken to school by your mammy, or you may catch a school bus.
On my first day my mam gave me a cold potato for my pocket. That was to be my dinner, but I didn’t really understand that. When it came to dinner time I had nothing to eat as I ate my potato at playtime. Oh dear! I was hungry. I sat on the floor and hid my face. A kind lady spoke to me.
‘Where is your tatty? she asked. ‘Did you eat it before?’
I nodded my head.
‘Awww, never mind. Here I’ve got one for you. You are not the only one you know.’
She sat me down at a table with several other new wee ones. She passed round a bowl with warm potatoes in it. Soon we were all smiling again.
‘ I’ll tell your mammy and your teacher,’ said the kind lady, ‘then you will know when to eat your dinner.’
I had a great day, I was happy at school. They had lots of crayons and games and books to look at. We played games in the playground and I soon got to know the names of the other children in my class.
When I got home I told my mam about the potato. She smiled and said how kind the lady was to give us all another one. She told me that next time I could just bite off the end of my tatty if I was hungry at playtime and I must wait until dinner time to eat the rest of it. She said the nice lady would not have potatoes to give away every day and I had to learn to wait for dinner time to eat mine.
Who was the story about?
What was Paddy given for dinner by his mam?
Why did Paddy hide his face at dinner time?
Was he the only one with no dinner?
What did the kind lady give to the children who didn’t have a tatty for their dinner?
What did Paddy need to remember about his potato the next day?
What nice things did Paddy do on his first day at school?