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 Americansย 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 Indianย  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 ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

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23 Responses to The Indian in the Airing Cupboard

  1. Hereโ€™s a big American secret. We still say Indian.

    If weโ€™re talking of someone who is from India, we may further illuminate by saying โ€œDot Indian,โ€ or โ€œYou know, India Indian.โ€

    ๐Ÿ˜ Loved the story and tongue in cheek telling.

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  2. Lovely memory, made me laugh!

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  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? ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  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?” ๐Ÿ˜„

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  6. BossMama says:

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

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  7. We did love the red indian games outside when we where kids and now it’s a boring cell phone.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  8. Jay says:

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

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  9. ChecheWinnie says:

    True, actions have consequences. Hiding in a cupboard,

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  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.

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  11. dessertflower5 says:

    Hahah loved your thought how Indian and Native American. Got me hooked from the start.

    Well I can clearly say that this comment is all the way from India. Yeah cliche. We live in a small world

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  12. nitinsingh says:


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