Not just for Christmas?


What do I want for Christmas? Well, whatever you do, don't buy me slippers. People always buy me slippers, I have got 3 pairs in the cupboard over there, all new, still in plastic bags, I don't know what gets into people, I haven't been able to walk for the best part of three years so I'm not gong to wear many pairs out am I? Anybody would think I have smelly feet but I haven't you know; even during the war when Jen and I only had a couple of pairs of shoes, Mum always had us washing, we had very little but we were brought up right, what we had was always clean. . I ask you, do I look dirty? No of course not. most days but I don't walk, I just hobble with that zimmer thingy over their by the kitchen door. Yeah, thinking about it, my legs really gave up the ghost around October of 2017 just after my 84th birthday. everybody knows that I can't walk, well I say everybody.


No, I don't get to see many people now, especially since Hattie and David died. Cancer it was with her. Yes, here in the same building, they lived on the same floor as me here just a few doors up. Hattie was a sweetie, she really was a sweetie and now she's gone like most of them. I do miss her. . . . and David. He was a lovely, lovely man, and as Brummie as they come, heart of gold. He wasn't that old, about 78, or somewhere around that. He would do anything for you. He had emphasima, worked all his life at the Rover in Solihull on the welding lines, only wore flimsy masks and he smoked like a trooper just like Les his brother. Same factory, same welding line, same disease. . . .yeah theyv'e all gone,

This place? I have been here are Servet, or Sunvitas as my son refers to it, makes me laugh he does, yeach I have been here  Court for about 12 years now. I have to day it seems longer especially the last three years since my legs stopped working, I can't get out you see, so just sit here on m. The bruises? Well this one, here on y cheek that is the newest. I have falls, that's the problem. I have falls but don't tell them or they will try and put me in one of those council care homes, one of those places where they put Alice my sister. I won't go in one, I have said to our Alan that I will top myself before you get me into one of those places. Putting her in that bloody place killed Alice. . . . . sorry but I keep seeing her face the day they seperated her from Dennis to put her into that home it I still get so sad, so so sad! Yes, Dennis had Alzeimers and they sent him to a different care  home to Alice. Broke both their hearts you see, people don't realise you can't do that to a husband and wife who have been together for 58 years , but thy did.

Visitors? No not really now that Dave and Hat have gone. Alan my son gets down from Durham about every six weeks, but he is busy and he and his family have their own lives to lead. I pay out of my savings for a cleaner to come in twice a week and that's about it. . . . yes, it does get me very down not having company. I have always liked my own company but nowadays I get very lonely. . . but I have got my big telly, no not that telly this big window. My son calls it the big telly because it looks out over the green to the shops over there on the corner. I sit here a lot watching people going backwards and forwards. I love seeing the kids playing. Some of them are little sods but I have my regulars who get off the bus over there, just near the post box. Some of them wave up to me on their way home from school. At the start of this COVID thing, it almost broke my heart not seeing the kids, laughing and playing up out there. 

My son and his family, well they live a long way away, they have their own lives so I don't like to bother them. He's a good lad but living 200 miles away is difficult

I have got my big big television, there 

My doctor? Oh they change all the time at the surgery at the moment

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