Things that you find yourself doing…

4 Aug


1 Taking a picture of your childhood home silhouetted against a very stormy sky.
2 Choosing a plot of ground, and making sure it is as near to the trees as possible.
3 Getting certificates printed – at least 5 copies to send off to banks and Insurance companies,
4 Remembering the Registrar scene from Complicit??’s show ‘A Minute Too Late’ And trying not to smile as the papers are stamped repeatedly.
5 Deleting a phone number and name from your mobile phone. Then remembering what that actually means.
6 Mixing mortar and mending the loose front steps before people come next Tuesday.
7 Buying takeaway meals from unfamiliar restaurants.
8 Getting lost in the new one way system in the town you used to know like the back of your hand.
9 Sorting out endless papers and filing them all in a big pile, then putting the file marked – pending – at the top.
10 Answering the phone and retelling the same story to people you haven’t seen for years.
11 Writing copy for the local paper. And not counting the words.
12 Running to buy spare clothes as you never thought to bring enough. Or a razor.
13 Discovering some green Chartreuse at the back of a cupboard and drinking some for the first (and last) time.
14 Catching up properly with your sister and her family, and getting a good curry house recommendation.
15 Making endless cups of tea. And coffee.
16 Going to the bank with your mum, for the first time in about 30 years.
17 Taking library books back.
18 Taking the time to sit quietly on my own and write this list.

3 Responses to “Things that you find yourself doing…”

  1. DK August 5, 2011 at 6:16 am #


  2. Anonymous August 5, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    .. Thoughts are with you MR x

  3. Heather Niven August 6, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    Reaffirming the important things in life, strengthening the bonds with the ones you love, reliving golden memories over and over…just in case they are forgotten with time. Holding others close and together, to share the collective sadness and to comfort. Lots and lots and lots of tea… sincere condolences mr r xx

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