- a busy day. Hospital (20 miles away) for a consultant's appointment at 9.50am. We were there early and were seen early, and the outcome was that there has been an improvement in my ankle since the cortisone injection and the orthotics and we shall leave things as they are for six months before deciding about an operation. We were on our way back home before my appointment time.
Hairdresser at lunch time, as always on Thursdays, blog and various jobs in the afternoon and then the local panto in the evening. Our local amateur dramatics company - The Wensleydale Troupers put on a Panto every year around this time. This year it was Robin Hood and we all (our Friday morning coffee group all went together) enjoyed it very much. It is helped by the fact that everyone knows everyone. But it is also good for the young people who want to get involved and who were all very good. It takes some courage to stand up on stage and sing in front of a sell-out audience of around 150 folk every night, but if any of them were nervous I can assure them it didn't show.
Talking about it over our coffee this morning though, we had all been struck by the same thing. H, the lady who introduced the Panto, asked that we stand for the Queen. We were on the second row; the row in front was all youngsters of school age and they looked astonished and obviously didn't quite know what was going on. When everyone else stood, they did too, but none of them sang and all of them looked acutely embarrassed.
When we were young it was a regular occurrence to sing The National Anthem before any such gathering and no-one had to introduce it - a roll on the piano and everyone stood up. This happened at the end of a film in the cinema too and at virtually any public gathering. Does this not happen any more? Was singing it unusual - and, more importantly - does it matter?
But it was a fun evening. They even handed out woolly pom-poms for us to throw on to the stage at the end. And one young lady had reached her teenage years yesterday. At the end 'King Richard'
announced this and we all sang Happy Birthday (all the youngsters knew that) - the young lady in question came to the front and clearly enjoyed every minute of it - no embarassment at all. It was a pleasure to see her - she had already been noticeable by her acting ability - I shall keep my eye open for her name in lights one day!!