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A Christmas Miracle

Up early on Christmas morning for a short run - 20minutes or so - and a quick dip in pouring rain.

Getting dressed afterwards I realised that my newish running leggings, bought with great reluctance and at great expense in a sale, seemed to have disappeared and been replaced with a pair of bog standard cotton ones. I had no choice but to put them. All the way home a fierce argument raged between my favoured Pollyannaish, glass-half-full self and her glass-half-empty evil twin, who sees the bad in everyone.

Evil Twin: Bah Humbug! Well, that’s ruined my Christmas.

Pollyanna: Don’t be silly - it must have been an innocent mistake – you’ll get them back.

ET: Nonsense. No one could have confused a pair of mud-splattered, lycra leggings for a clean pair of cotton ones.

PA: Just put a notice up in the changing room and I’m sure you’ll get them back.

ET: I will, don’t worry… ‘If you were swimming at 9am on Christmas morning and thoughtlessly… ’

PA: You can’t write that – it was a mistake - they’ll probably be as fed up as you are when they get home and find out what they’ve done.

The two of them slugged it out, while I watched fascinated. Thank God for the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy that let me observe them so coolly.

They were still at it as I peeled off the imposter leggings in my bedroom.

ET: Huh – I’m not even going to wash them before I return then. If I ever get to return them, that is.

PA: Hang on – they’re from M&S – haven’t you got a pair like that?

ET: So?

PA: Is it possible that in your haste to go running this morning you put on the wrong leggings?

A quick rifle through the pile of discarded clothes on the floor revealed a pair of mud-splattered lycra leggings.

Pollyanna (triumphantly). I told you nothing ever gets stolen at the Ladies Pond.

Evil Twin: Bah. Humbug!

Pollyanna: God bless us, one and all.

4 Replies

I so love your slant on life. Your blogs never fail to put a smile on my face.


So glad you enjoyed it - though this slant sometimes makes it hard to stay upright!


What a story. What are you going to do with the bog standard leggings now? happy New Year and Happy running.


Weal as they were mine all along I'll just carry on wearing them - but not for running in the winter.


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