April 20, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a navel story. It can include a belly-button, feature an omphalos (geological or cultural), or extend to navel-gazing (used in meditation or to describe excessive self-contemplation). Go where this oddity leads you.
I learnt camp fire songs in the Scouts, from Ging Gang Goolie Goolie Watcha to Kumbaya.
That was what we were meant to learn, anyway. There were those other songs, hushed songs sniggeringly sung in the tents after lights out.
Like “We’re off to see the Wild West Show, The Elephant and the Kangaroo…’
Or ‘She’ll be coming round the mountain…’ only with verses such as
‘She’s got a lovely bottom set of teeth,
She’s got a lovely bottom set of teeth,
Oh she’s got a lovely bottom,
She’s got a lovely bottom,
She’s got a lovely botto set of teeth.’
WEven naive me understood that but for the life of me, aged 10 or so, I relaly didnt understand why this caused sniggers…
‘She’s has a lovely navel uniform,
She has a lovely navel uniform,
Oh she has a lovely navel..’
Why, or so my mind had it, did anyone think a belly bottom worthy of such giggling and inclusion in a risque song? Ah me…
And the flash, well, Penny has some embarrassing moments…
Life Gets Complicated
‘Penny come here.’
Penny looked at her form teacher’s stern face, mystified at her tone.
‘Did you call Melanie a freak?’
‘I…’ Penny’s face flushed. ‘I just said her belly button was weird.’ Everyone had laughed, even Melanie. She’d showed them after all. ‘Is she upset?’
‘Melanie doesn’t know we’re talking. Someone else told me.’
Penny felt anger swell inside her chest. Sophie.
Miss Johnstone sighed. ‘She has an umbilical hernia. Just be a little careful what you say. You don’t know who might be upset.’
Penny held her gaze. ‘If Mel doesn’t care, why should anyone else?’
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