Don’t put off that vital ‘see you soon’ visit
How profound and true the comments made on Terry Redhead’s welcome page.
School mates and work colleagues would have no sense of the value of time but sigh impatiently for the week to pass so they could enjoy two days of freedom.
Why as we age does time seem to pass so quickly? Are we busier, cramming more into a day to ensure we make the most of the time we may have left?
Sparing time for family, friends and loved ones is a must. How many times do we say ‘see you soon’ but never make the promised visit or phone call to arrange a meet up for coffee and chat.
I had a sad experience putting off my usual visit to a dear elderly uncle by one day. I promised to take the woolly hat he asked me knit for him to wear in the garden. About to leave for the visit I found out he had collapsed and died early that morning. I was heartbroken.
I am fortunately, although my son lives away, both my daughters live locally. I have had the joy of watching my little grandson grow from a bonny baby to the mischievous toddler he is now.
Turning to Neil’s amusing final word I find it hard to imagine him slowing down after a lifetime of working.
I retired 15 years ago and still scuttle about like a clockwork beetle. I would try to slow down but it never seemed to work until recently when I suffered a severe case of vertigo. I was horrified at how unstable I was and unable to leave the house for a few weeks. My heart went out to the housebound as like them I could not and still cannot go out unaided.
As much as I enjoyed reading Neil’s page, sorry Neil, but the image of a cloth cap just do not suit you.
I also agree with Margaret Haley’s comments on the amount of food wastage. Surely it is down to the fact that most things come packaged.
We would buy loose cheese wrapped in greaseproof paper, the same with bacon and cold meats. The meat would be bought from a butcher and fish from a fishmonger, wrapped and no sell buy date.
With no freezers to store food we would not buy the large amounts we see piled into customers’ trolleys as we do today.
A visit to the market would provide us with potatoes, fruit and veg, just enough to last until we needed to restock.
Milk was delivered daily by a friendly milkman and there were no plastic containers needing to be recycled.
We can still do much of this type of shopping if we support farmer’s markets, butchers, fishmongers and avoid supermarkets.
Perhaps this may reduce wastage. Perhaps it is worth a try, plus more home cooking rather than processed food. ANN RAMSBOTTOM Little Plumstead Norfolk