Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Mums and audiences

This was Gribbin - taken a few weekends ago, on a perfect Sunday....

Apologies for absence - life has been very busy recently with a mixture of good and no so good events, as per usual.

The only good thing about difficult times is that it really makes you realise what good friends are all about. When Pip was so poorly, just before he died, what kept me going was the kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity of my mates. You know who you are, so thank you. I hope I can always be as good a friend to you as you have been to me.

Recently I got to the point of thinking I would burst if I didn’t have a break, but the night before we were due to go away, C got a phone call to say his very elderly mum was incredibly poorly and didn’t have long to live. So of course he had to shoot up there.

Meanwhile my mum had had a fall needing stitches. So I went up to see her.

His mum is a little better, though still very frail, but I’m glad to say my mum has had her stitches out and although badly shaken, and her confidence has taken a bad knock, came for a couple of little walks. And was very glad to see me.

For those of us who still have elderly parents, it’s a reminder of how important they are. We can’t replace them so it’s good to keep in touch and see them when we can.

And talking of how lovely people can be - I went to give a talk in Redruth yesterday. Got there to find the laptop provided wouldn’t read my memory stick with the presentation on. Finally it did, got the slides loaded up - and then found the laptop had started running updates so I couldn’t use my presentation.

I did say to the audience would they rather I came back, and do the talk with slides, but they said no, so I got up and started talking. And what a fabulous audience! They were so interested, asked loads of questions, laughed, shared fabulous stories and bought lots of books, too.

They were such a lovely bunch of people that my faith in humanity was quite restored. And the only snoring came from two dogs for the blind…

10 comments:

Sally said...

Why didn't we know about your talk in our town? We would have been there! Very glad your Mum is on the mend. We remember the times of trying to care for parents and being a long way away so we send love to C as well as to you. Hope to sing with you soon.xx

Flowerpot said...

It was for the WI, Sally, that's probably why! Will be at singing tomorrow - will you be there? XX

ADDY said...

So sorry to hear about your respective mums and so glad they are on the mend. You are right, we must cherish them, because you never know what is around the corner. Sometimes I get impatient with my 93-year-old mum, as she walks or does things so slowly, whereas I do things in a hurry. But I have to remind myself she is 93 and may not have many years left and then I feel bad for getting impatient. So glad your talk was a success.You'll have to some in other parts of the country, such as London maybe!

Flowerpot said...

I'm just like you, getting impatient with my dear mum who's 87 though she still does things quickly but not as quickly as she'd like these days. I would love to give other talks - spread my wings!

Chris Stovell said...

We're having our remaining Aged Ps - Ma and Tom's dad - here for Christmas... we're trying to make more memories whilst we still can but I think I shall need more than a few glasses of wine along the way. All best wishes to both sets of mums and I do hope you can get some time for yourself too. Hugely well done on the talk - you kept going, I'm not sure I would have!

Flowerpot said...

Hope your Christmas goes well - yes make sure you have plenty of wine in!

Melissa Marsh said...

2016 has been a hard one for my family. I thought last year was bad, but this year was just as bad, if not worse. Yet there have been incredible blessings mixed in. So I try to focus on those! :)

Patsy said...

Sorry for all your problems, but glad you have friends to help you through it all.

Flowerpot said...

Thanks Patsy - friends make all the difference in the world don;t they?

Flowerpot said...

Melissa - so sorry to hear you've been having such a tough time and hope life improves very soon. But yes, I always find that there are always jewels in amongst the rough bits. Take care.