Faces from the past rekindling memories
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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