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We all have been through it. We have all had times where, for one reason or another, we did something we really didn’t want to do. I will tell you my story if you will tell me yours.

This story took place a little more than three decades ago. I was boarding the school bus with my younger brother. Normally the bus dropped my brother off at his special needs school and then dropped me off at my convent school, St Josephs in Whakatane. To get to the bus we had to walk down a steep hill and then along a flat street. We had just boarded the bus and sat down when my brother told me that he didn’t feel very well.

To give you some background to the story, my brother was a champion vomiter. One time he vomited while walking towards my mother crying and then slipped in his own vomit and skidded across the floor. Once I stopped laughing I picked him up. On many other occasions he vomited in the swimming pool, usually just after my dad had emptied it from the last vomit and refilled it.

Anyway, I knew what was about to happen and that I didn’t have much time. I  looked around quickly for something for him to vomit into. All I had was my school bag that contained my homework. I made a split second decision to save my homework and cupped my hands to create a small bowl. As I held it in front of him my brother gratefully vomited into it.

The bus driver was alerted to our situation by the other children. He told my brother to carry my school bag as my hands were full. He then helped us both off the bus. It was a long, long walk home with vomit covered hands. I still tease my brother about it to this very day. It is a funny story but not as funny as the one where he skidded on his own vomit, because on that occasion the vomit was on him not me.

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