This tale is based on a true story told to Will by a friend [Tessa] who is a nursery- school teacher in Drayton near Portsmouth; names have been changed to protect the guilty. Marlon asked the teacher to help him get his shoes on at the end of a busy day. After quite a struggle with the shoes, which were a little tight, Tessa finally got them on. ‘They’re on the wrong way, Miss,’ mumbled Marlon.
She realizes that he is right; they are on the wrong feet. Staying calm she grabs them and swaps them over for him.
They’re not my shoes, Miss,’ Marlon murmurs again.
Tessa fights hard to keep her cool and asks Marlon why he hadn’t told her before. She then kneels down again and helps him pull the shoes off.
‘These aren’t my shoes, they’re my brother’s and Mum told me not to tell anyone.’
At this point Tessa can feel tears coming. She helps him back into his shoes. She gets him into his coat and wraps his scarf around his neck. ‘Where are your gloves, Marlon?’ asks Tessa quietly.
‘Oh, Miss, I always put them in my shoes!’
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