My great grand daughter is coming on Sunday to stay overnight with her mum and dad. She will be two in December and as they live in Glasgow I don't get to see her very often, so I am really looking forward to it and to preparing a lovely meal for us all to eat (there will be six of us as my son and his wife will of course be there too). Lots of salads are the order of the day (they are all either vegetarian or pescatarian apart from me and my daughter in law.) So I needed to go to our very good Friday market to stock up on fruit and salad stuff. (When I buy victoria plums I need to be very strict with myself or I can eat them all before I get back home with them).
But first of all my son and I had an appointment at the bank in Northallerton - what a chore. But that done we went into a coffee house and had a drink and then of course as the pedestrian crossing happened to be right outside Waterstones Book Shop we really had to go in there too. I was like a kid in a toyshop it is so long since I actually handled a book when buying it rather than ordering it on line.
Arriving home at lunch time I quickly did myself a jacket potato in the microwave, stuffed it with cheese and chives and good butter, ate it and then went into town to food shop. Leaving my car in the Car Park I walked up to the market, bought my stuff there and then continued up to our Deli and bought a load of stuff there. At the check out I told the lady I would have to leave my trolley, go back to the car park, collect my car, hope to find a parking spot near the shop and load the things I had bought there as I really can't carry two shopping bags when I already have to manage a handbag and a walking stick.
A young lady behind me in the queue who had only bought a few things and had put them into a rucksack on her back immediately insisted that she carry both bags to the car park for me as her car was parked there. We chatted as we walked, she came right to my car, loaded the two bags in my boot and cheerfully went off to find her own car.
I thanked her - I really was grateful - and it did me good to end a very tiring day by witnessing such a very kind act. I sometimes think there is not much of it about these days but it restored my faith in humanity. So here's another thank you to the anonymous young lady who helped me so kindly.
I am now going to make myself a cup of tea and rest for the remainder of the evening and start the book I bought (Ian McEwan's The Children Act - I always prefer reading the book rather than seeing the film which seems to be getting mixed reviews).
January 4, 2023: With gratitude to Rebecca Solnit / Reruns from January 30, 31 and February 1, 2, 3, 4, 2007: Mona Lisa and the Clown and the Cool Rain of the Law (1985), Woman Trying to Remember What She is Trying to Forget (1986), Painting in America (1986), Full Moon, Chair and Planter Rising (1986), Church of the Holy Contradiction, and Untitled Scene (1986)