Tea for three and a laser guided mog­gie

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

ILOVED the story about Mol­lie Bor­rett who sparked a ma­jor search when she dis­ap­peared from her home in Es­sex. The 84-year-old de­men­tia suf­ferer, de­scribed as fiercely in­de­pen­dent but with mem­ory prob­lems, was found tuck­ing into a meal at a lun­cheon club hosted by the mayor and may­oress.

This re­minded me of a hol­i­day my mother – an Alzheimer’s suf­ferer – and I had in East­bourne.

Our ho­tel was by the sea and we en­joyed all the old-fash­ioned treats: ice creams along the front, lis­ten­ing to mu­sic at the bandstand, elevenses on Beachy Head.

One day when she was hav­ing a rest in her room I slipped out to the shops for an hour, first telling mum where I would be and promis­ing that I would knock on her door well be­fore din­ner.

When I re­turned to the ho­tel I spot­ted through the glass-fronted con­ser­va­tory a trio en­joy­ing af­ter­noon tea and de­cided I would put the ket­tle on as soon as I got up to my room.

Then I did a dou­ble take. It was my mother who was en­joy­ing her­self with the rather be­mused look­ing young cou­ple.

They had clearly planned a cosy tea party but my mother had other ideas. Fresh from her nap, smartly dressed, lip­stick re­plen­ished – and prob­a­bly given up try­ing to find me – had de­cided to join them.

I ush­ered her away, try­ing to re­duce any em­bar­rass­ment with a sur­feit of manic smil­ing, very puz­zled as to how mum had man­aged to turn Tea for Two into tea for three. “Oh, she said, “I just went up to my room and got an ex­tra cup.”

We are look­ing af­ter Fisher Ju­nior’s cat Jan­gles at the mo­ment, so are bak­ing in­doors with only the win­dows slightly ajar.

I am wor­ried he will get run over or eaten by a fox, or that he’ll try and trot back home to Wales if we let him out. I also fear for the friendly robin who in­hab­its our gar­den.

Jan­gles seems quite happy be­ing an in­doors mog­gie but Mr F has de­cided to pro­vide him with some home en­ter­tain­ment.

It seems it’s not only chil­dren who of­ten have tra­di­tional toys re­placed with high tech stuff.

To­day Mr F bought a ‘laser chaser’ – the blurb says ‘great ex­er­cise for your cat as it chases the beam’. What­ever hap­pened to a bit of old rag on a string?

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