A Sunday Drive
On an early April Sunday morning, my family and I set off to go bird watching by the sea shore. It was a lovely dry, spring day in our hometown of Thurles, as we headed for Helvic Head. On arriving, we found that the weather was catastrophic, with torrential rain and gale force winds and the waves were crashing over the pier.
Granny organised a picnic in the car for herself and the children. But Grandad was determined to spot some exotic seabirds. So, with binoculars in hand, he looked around for a suitable viewing point. Unfortunately, he was not wearing suitable clothes for the terrible weather conditions.
So Grandad, our amateur ornithologist, braved the inclement weather, got out of the car and went and chased the birds. He quickly found a rock, just off the shore from which a group of guillemots were busily searching for food. Disaster struck! A ten metre long basking shark saw Grandad. The startled shark turned suddenly and created a small tsunami! Poor Grandad was swept from the rock and submerged in the grey abyss that was really only up to his waist when he stood up.
He made his way back to the car, his clothes dripping litres of water and poor Grandad soaked to the bone.
Panicking that he might get pneumonia he stripped down to his underpants, borrowed Granny’s old leather trench coat that had been in the car since the sixties and proceeded to drive home in disgust.
Just outside Thurles, the Gardaí had a ‘drink-driving’ checkpoint set up. Grandad was pulled over. A young Garda came over to the window. He saw Grandad’s naked knobbly knees and asked him to get out of the car. Grandad got out and stood up straight. His ‘way-too-small’, tight trench coat, his bare legs, his white socks with red lines at the top, and his sopping wet hair made him look ridiculous. When he started blowing into the breathalyser the Garda took a fit of laughing which caused all of us in the car to laugh uncontrollably. This was the funniest thing we had ever seen!
Niamh O’Sullivan, Presentation Primary school, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.