I didn't say much; I just summed up michael kors handbags what had been happening to him and said it wasn't really very fair. When I'd finished, there was a funny sort of silence hanging in the dark, and I realised michael kors shoes everyone was waiting for Ruth's response--which was usually what happened whenever something a bit awkward came up. I kept waiting, then I heard a sigh from Ruth's side of the michael kors handbags room, and she said: "You've got a point, Kathy. It's not nice. But if he wants it to stop, he's got to change his own attitude. He didn't have a discount michael kors thing for the Spring Exchange. And has he got anything for next month? I bet he hasn't." I should explain a bit here about the Exchanges we had at Hailsham. Four michael kors bags times a year--spring, summer, autumn, winter--we had a kind of big exhibition-cum-sale of all the things we'd been creating in the three months since the last Exchange. Paintings, drawings, pottery; discount michael kors all sorts of "sculptures" made from whatever was the craze of the day--bashed-up cans, maybe, or bottle tops stuck onto cardboard. For each thing you put in, you were paid discount michael kors in Exchange Tokens--the guardians decided how many your particular masterpiece merited--and then on the day of the Exchange you went along with your tokens and "bought" the stuff you liked. michael kors bags The rule was you could only buy work done by students in your own year, but that still gave us plenty to choose from, since most of us could get michael kors bags pretty prolific over a three-month period. Looking back now, I can see why the Exchanges became so important to us. For a start, they were our only means, aside from the michael kors shoes Sales--the Sales were something else, which I'll come to later--of building up a collection of personal possessions. If, say, you wanted to decorate the walls around your bed, or wanted michael kors shoes something to carry around in your bag and place on your desk from room to room, then you could find it at the Exchange. I can see now, too, how michael kors outlet the Exchanges had a more subtle effect on us all. If you think about it, being dependent on each other to produce the stuff that might become your private treasures--that's discount michael kors bound to do things to your relationships. The Tommy business was typical. A lot of the time, how you were regarded at Hailsham, how much you were liked and respected, michael kors handbags had to do with how good you were at "creating." Ruth and I often found ourselves remembering these things a few years ago, when I was caring for her down at michael kors bags the recovery centre in Dover. "It's all part of what made Hailsham so special," she said once. "The way we were encouraged to value each other's work."