It is my burden in life to have surrounded myself with people who notice nothing. On the whole I can safely say that I could shave my head without anyone blinking an eyelid. With this in mind, I experience a surreal 24 hours, during which six different conversations give me pause for thought.
My dear pal in England via email
“I can’t believe that we’ve been friends for more than 40 years.”
“It hurts my brain to even think about it.”
“Even though I can’t see you, you've changed beyond recognition.”
Senior son -
“You are an ad…adu…….adul…….grown up?”
“Yes that’s right.”
“Me……I am….er….a teenager?”
“Not yet. When you reach 13 you’ll be a teen.”
“What am I being now?”
“A boy, a big boy.”
“What I will be in the…..future?”
“A man. Just like daddy.”
“I ….er fink maybe I will be just like you.”
9 year old daughter -
“Will I be as tall as you when I grow up?”
“Probably. All depends on which genes you had, the tall ones or the short ones. If you think about it, all the women in our family are short except for me.”
“But I'm nearly as tall as you already."
“By heck that’s a real corker! A real volcano!”
“Thank you dear!” [translation = pimple]
“What they are?”
“What are what dear?”
“Doz pokey things?”
“What pokey things dear?”
“Doz pokey things on yur body…yur chest?”
“They’re chests dear.”
At the pharmacy [translation = chemist’s] -
“Wow Madeline you look great! [translation = vertical] Not seen you for ages, just yur hubby for yur medications, but geez you look different, you’ve put on so much weight!”
Now that is a compliment you don’t hear very often.
And in my other "life".........