I just noticed it is the 1st of September today. As you can tell, I don’t pay much attention to the calendar since I retired.
That made me think of going into school as a child on the first day of any month. I would be alert and ready, determined to get in first before the scramble began. As soon as we were inside the playground waiting to assemble to go into school, the pinching and punching of arms would commence.
Everyone would be shouting, “Pinch, punch, first day of the month. And no returns!”
Adding “No returns” was important, as that meant you could not do the same to the person who had just pinched and punched your arm.
Do you remember this tradition? Or do you have to be as old as me to recall it?
‘A pinch and a punch for the first of the month. (Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa) Said on the first day of a new month, while pinching and punching someone as a prank (especially by children).’