The Indian in the Airing Cupboard

Living in Delhi or Mumbai you may be puzzled by the title but the Indian I refer to is what we now call Native Americans.

When I was 4-6 years-old Native Americans didn’t exist, well they did but they were Indians and they fought cowboys. I spent many happy hours riding my Palomino (mum’s old bike) around the plains (abandoned aerodrome) slaughtering said Indians Native Americans in defense of the fort (dads farm) or ranch (dads farm) My best friend was Johnny (imaginary) and my true love June (also imaginary) always at my side. Life was good. Until:PTDC1555

To quote Meatloaf, ‘Though it’s cold and lonely in the deep dark night,‘ you awake for no reason you can explain. The bedroom door is ajar. And, illuminated solely by the moon’s glare, like Judy Garland in the spotlight, is the airing cupboard door! For the uninitiated: An airing cupboard is where a hot water tank was situated, before the days of combi-boilers. It was Mum’s domain with clothes folded in an impeccable fashion and no male was allowed in there. So where else would a revenge seeking Red Indian  Native American hide? I stared at that cupboard night after night. I was terrified because I knew he had a Tomahawk and was waiting to jump out to slaughter me. He never did (in case you’re wondering) But I guess it taught me that every action has a reaction, in a strange way 😘😘

About charliecountryboy

Carpenter and Carpentry Lecturer. Writer, 5k and 10k runner, musician. Curious about life and all those wonderful people in it.
This entry was posted in Blogging, Family, Humour, Life, Opinion and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

19 Responses to The Indian in the Airing Cupboard

  1. Here’s a big American secret. We still say Indian.

    If we’re talking of someone who is from India, we may further illuminate by saying “Dot Indian,” or “You know, India Indian.”

    😁 Loved the story and tongue in cheek telling.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Lovely memory, made me laugh!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Invisibly Me says:

    Being in the UK means I can sit on the fence on this one.
    So you ‘monster under the bed’ was actually an Indian in an airing cupboard? 😂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Thanks for your like to our post, you have great blog! If you want to follow us , we will follow you back! Thank you!

    Liked by 2 people

  5. The Hinoeuma says:

    That was cute. Any time I am involved in a conversation regarding Indians, I always clarify with “Are we talking Geronimo or Ghandi?” 😄

    Liked by 2 people

  6. BossMama says:

    cute childhood story – and this comes from an Indigenous North American who is also a blend of Indigenous European … we fought aliens in Cape Breton lol

    Liked by 2 people

  7. We did love the red indian games outside when we where kids and now it’s a boring cell phone.. 😉

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Jay says:

    The word Indian persists here too (Canada) despite its being inaccurate. First Nation or Aboriginal is preferred.

    Liked by 2 people

  9. ChecheWinnie says:

    True, actions have consequences. Hiding in a cupboard,

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Interesting story. My sister once climbed into our airing cupboard when she was about eight. It took a while to trace the muffled shouts. They can be scary places.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s