Little words can and do mean such a lot
The saying goes that little words can mean a lot and they certainly do.
As a teacher, from my very first class of children at Wensum Primary School in 1947, I adopted the lifetime habit of greeting the new class every first day back at school by writing three words on the blackboard.
They were please, thank-you and sorry and I told the children that I wanted to hear those being said a lot during the year to follow and they used to obey.
It meant, for me, the absolute joy of teaching classes of well-mannered children.
I can’t help noticing that where Let’s Talk is concerned the operative word is welcome.
Looking back to the first issue in October 2002, the images of Neil Haverson, chief writer, and Terry Redhead, launch editor, offer a prediction, very real, of what is to follow.
It’s now the 175th issue (April edition 2017) and welcome is still the operative word to exchange news and views, readers and contributors aided and abetted by editorial staff in a homely fashion, even internationally extended.
I thoroughly agree with Terry that time is the enemy and we need to make the most of it except, there’s possibly an exemption in the world of Let’s Talk and all who live in her.
This is the evocative Neil Haverson who is still having his ‘Last Word’ with brilliantly good advice, now on how to cope with retirement, in a helplessly amusing way and a let’s have fun attitude.
He is giving a lot of folk a message that retirement isn’t the end and it can be a beginning of a different new life ahead, spiced with fun and humour.
According to Terry, time is the enemy but Let’s Talk and all who live in her can give us smiles and the best of humour.
MARGARET HALEY Norwich Norfolk