Mrs Metcalf – Just Jan.
Some of you are aware of Mrs Metcalf but it doesn’t really matter either way. She’s an elderly lady, probably in her late seventies or so. I don’t like to ask her – it would definitely be a question she wouldn’t answer. We have some interesting conversations – well, as long as you remember that she is normally a couple of sentences, or questions, behind. So anyone listening who wasn’t aware of the situation could be totally confused.
I’ll give you a couple of examples. I ask her about a book which she borrowed from the library – and she tells me about her shopping. I then mention a book I’m reading on my Kindle and she continues by saying that her grandson is coming to see her. I love my Kindle, but Mrs M thinks that you take it to the library and bring back a different one with another book on it. In other words you exchange Kindles and each one has just one book on it! I have tried to explain that there are many hundreds of books which can be stored on a Kindle, but Mrs M says “you can only read one at a time” and that is the end of the subject.
There’s nothing wrong with Mrs M’s memory. She seems to wander round to see me just about coffee time. She knows where I keep the biscuits and is very quick to point out when I’ve run out of shortbread again. I do enjoy her company and she always has the latest bits of gossip. Not that I listen – not me!! She also likes to go and feed the ducks on the local pond and regularly asks if I have any stale bread for them. I’m also instructed to cut it into small pieces – because it’s easier for the ducks.
Right, I better go now and think about what I’m going to eat later. Salmon seems to be favourite for tonight. Whatever you do, stay warm and cosy in this cold weather.
Thank you for being here. As always –
With Love – Jan xx