Drummerboy and I both have the same hair, genetically speaking.
It is the same colour, strong, coarse and ridiculously thick like a real pony’s tail, unlike the silky locks (princess hair) that fashionably adorn the head of Darling daughter.
I rarely go to the same hair dresser more than once for my hair to be streaked. This is because they double the price once they get to know me and realise that it will take twice as long as for a normal person. This strange density of hair follicles on the scalp leads to all sorts of difficulties and irritations…and thus was born the CHEEKY MONKEY©.
Its naming is lost in the Breton mists of the childhood of Drummer boy.
“CHEEKY MONKEY©” must be said loudly and desperately in a broad northern accent (Lancashire generally and St Helens particularly). The words are repeated in an increasingly beseeching tone until the CHEEKY MONKEY© is granted.
The words “CHEEKY MONKEY©” continue to be spoken at intervals slowly and blissfully by the cheeky monkee while the cheeky monker administers the CHEEKY MONKEY©. When the recipient is finally sated, the roles are reversed. This ritual is restricted to myself and Drummerboy, either of whom can initiate proceedings.
I was exposing my autist students to music, as is my wont on Thursday mornings, when the boy who just says “oui” took my hand, held it gently for a moment and put it to his face. Then he smelt it carefully and placed it on the crown of his head. I stroked his hair briefly and then removed my hand. He repeated the procedure, as did I, several times before I understood.
“Ah, he wants a CHEEKY MONKEY©”, I thought to myself.
I rubbed his head gently for a few minutes rather furtively, wondering how I would explain if anyone came in, but understanding the overwhelming need for a CHEEKY MONKEY©, having experienced it myself.
At the end of the lesson, I told one of the carers what he had done.
She was not surprised.
The lady who gives him a head massage in the “sensorial room” had gone to Paris for the week on a training course and he was missing her.
Just like I miss Drummerboy now he has left home…
4 days ago