I have been delighted that the guest blogs written by my (now) 91 year old Mum have been amongst the most popular in the series. I have been trying to encourage Mum to write some more. Especially when she is bored. I have tried to explain that a blog can be whatever you want it to be – no rules. “Just write down some random thoughts, Mum, and see what happens.”
She came over yesterday (Easter Sunday) and had duly written some random thoughts which I thought you might enjoy…
Not going out today, so no bus-stop encounters. Even I can’t think of anything I need and it is Good Friday and the library is closed (also Monday). Bright sun at the moment – not like many recent days – but very cold.
It is funny how little things bring back almost forgotten memories. Having tomato soup for lunch made me think back to when I was about six. My mother sometimes took me (on the train and bus of course, we had no car then) to the nearest seaside town (Westcliff) where we always had tomato soup and a sandwich and cake.
The highlight, for me, and probably less pleasing to my mother, was when I could paddle. Now to me, that didn’t mean walking in the little ripples by the water’s edge. It meant the very first second I could creep along the sea wall as the high water went down, skirt tucked into knickers without getting said knickers wet! It had to be very finely judged and didn’t always come off! The worst thing was to get half way (the point of no return) along the wall when the surge came in – or to meet a boy coming the other way, who had no intention of conceding ground! I loved it! (I had a wonderful mother.)
I had to laugh the other day, reading in the paper that the average time that people watched TV was 4.2 hours. I wish someone would tell me where to find watchable television for that time – without repeats of repeats of repeats! They even put the same programmes on in the afternoon and again the same evening!! I don’t watch much daytime TV, but with the bad weather, have been forced to. The evening documentary about Pompei and Herculaneum was outstanding (Margaret Mountford) but sometimes harrowing – not to be watched again in a hurry.
I sometimes wonder how people who lived centuries ago would react if they were suddenly dumped down in the present age. Things have changed so rapidly in the last hundred years. Everyone has to have all the labour saving devices now – how would contemporary people cope without them? Visit old ‘stately homes’ to see what the kitchen and washroom etc used to be like!
No doubt the young blades who rode fast horses and drove curricles would take to fast, expensive cars like ducks to water! At least our roads are (somewhat) better – although the current pot-holes are causing a lot of damage and not getting mended! There is one that the little bus fairly bounces over!