This ebook is a collection of humourous memoirs of the author, finlay peterson, who was born and grew up in cape town, south africa during the 1960's. More
Peppermints under the Pillow is a collection of life stories written by a South African male, Finlay Peterson, who grew up in suburban Cape Town, South Africa during the 1960’s. Life in South Africa fifty years ago was very different to modern day, because ones entertainment was determined by relationships and friendships, rather than the modern trend of escaping to laptop computers, cellular phones and television. Finlay was born in April 1960 into a middle class family. He lived with his parents (Terry and Ethel) and grandparents and his sister (Lyn), in the middle class Cape Town suburb of Claremont. The book describes events, funny anecdotes, adventures and milestones of the first thirty years of his life. Among these stories he mentions the people he has come into contact with, and pseudonyms have been used. These people and events are the story, and are the reason for Finlay becoming the person he is. Finlay was privileged to be able to attend a middle class primary school, where marbles, tops and kennetjie were just some of the favourite games and pastimes amongst school friends. He seemed to be a victim of a bully or two, but survived that, together with an attempt to play rugby. He found he had neither the build nor personality for the tough contact sport, and settled for the baby version of tennis, namely tennisette. Here he acquired some of the hand, eye and feet co-ordination skills that would be required to achieve later on in his teenage years and later life, in the form of tennis and table tennis. After primary school, he chose to attend an English boy’s high school, an adventurous boy-scout troop, and pursued a dream of playing his favourite sport (table tennis) at national level. During his late teen years he acquired a love for road running, and he joined the VOB running club and took part in numerous runs around the Cape Peninsula. In conjunction with his table tennis and running training, he joined the Wynberg Tennis club and became an avid member, player and club captain. In 1978, he joined a Telecommunications company in Cape Town, and his work and study there were the stepping stones into entering the world of Information Technology some years later. The book is an account of these aspects of his life. Finlay Peterson is also a pseudonym.