Faces from the past rekin­dling mem­o­ries

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

IWAS in­vited to be a guest speaker for a women’s group in Hayes re­cently. They’ve only been in ex­is­tence for 48 years so I don’t think they were hold­ing their breath to book me.

I jest: ac­tu­ally, I was there years ago and was back for a re-run.

TOD stands for Tem­po­rar­ily Off Duty (from home life), and among the new faces, I spot­ted a few from my past. There were peo­ple I’d worked with, in­clud­ing one from a stint at The Hayes News (now de­funct) in the 1980s, and fel­low moth­ers from when Fisher Ju­nior (FJ) was at Cran­ford Park School.

It brought back many happy mem­o­ries from time spent at the school gate; well, apart from the day I was chat­ting to a par­ent on my right while fail­ing to no­tice our dog Sam was pee­ing on the leg of the mother on my left. It is in­cred­i­ble that the vic­tim and I be­came firm friends.

On another oc­ca­sion out­side the school, this time on a crowded pave­ment with one foot in the road and my back to traf­fic, a car re­versed into me, knock­ing me down.

I was saved by a quick-think­ing mother, who grabbed my arm and stopped me from dis­ap­pear­ing un­der the car. I only dam­aged my boots and my pride.

If not con­cen­trat­ing, I’m still in­clined to do some­thing daft. Mr F and FJ got used to it long ago and now don’t bat an eye­lid when they see me stum­ble or fall to the ground mid-sen­tence.

I’ve bro­ken my toe, frac­tured a foot, sprained an­kles and had a sus­pected DVT when my leg turned blue. Of course, top­pling over be­comes ‘hav­ing a fall’ when you get se­ri­ously old and frail. When I reach that point I’ll cer­tainly have served my ap­pren­tice­ship.

MR F is in­censed with Sains­bury’s in Uxbridge for hav­ing changed their park­ing sys­tem. He tells me that your car is pho­tographed when you en­ter, and later you have to fid­dle around tap­ping in your reg­is­tra­tion num­ber in or­der to pay or get free park­ing. Ev­ery­one, ap­par­ently, is moan­ing about it.

He was cheered, how­ever, when he got in a lift and saw it was made by a firm called Schindler. The Schindler’s Lift joke is still go­ing strong…

Email me – bmail­bar­bara@ gmail.com – and catch up at www.getwest­lon­don.co.uk/ au­thors/bar­bara-fisher/

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Love live mu­sic and lit­er­a­ture? Then check out our new open mic night at Uxbridge Li­brary @Hil­l_Li­braries http://www.hilling­don. gov.uk/ar­ti­cle/28919/Uxbridge-Open­Mic-Night …

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