When my mother, despairing
of 'my future' pressured me to join the Air Force (!)
55 years ago,
I declined the opportunity to be an officer
and joined the ranks as a trainee interpreter.
This one of several unlikely futures
lasted just six weeks because of my insubordination.
I certainly was not made of 'military material'
though, being of slender build, looked well in a uniform.
I had looked forward to being a spy in a tie.