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LIVING                                                                          FEB/MARCH 2017
  

The Lady At The Bus-Stop


She had big lacquered hair, freshly set at a small unremarkable salon, the sort that still has upright driers with Martian helmets under which women sit to dry their hair, tightly bound around plastic curlers, flicking through tired versions of ‘Women’s Weekly’. Wearing a pale green raincoat, she peered keenly at me behind flesh pink frames; she asked me if I knew whether the 280 bus goes to Banstead. I didn't and mentioned that I was waiting for the National Express to Gatwick.

“Oh, that's a good service, isn't it?”

“No, I replied; it is sometimes unreliable and on 2 occasions I had had to call a taxi to rescue me from missing my flight.”

"Oh I would hate that she replied; I have to be at the airport well in advance"

I explained that I like to live life on a knife edge, that I am addicted to the thrill of actually reaching the airport and then the wave of absolute relaxation and relief experienced when I sit down and have the first coffee in the airport lounge.

 “My mother is like you, I continued. Aged 82, she HAS to has to be at the airport well in advance of her flight time or she enters a spiral of absolute panic.

 “My mother's 105!” she mentioned; “She is frail but otherwise OK”

“Wow, you should live a long time”, I suggested.

 “Oh I don't know, my father died when he was 56”.

“Then you will have to consider the average,” I replied.

“Do you live in Banstead?” I asked

“No, we live in Ewell, a little village, have done for 16 years but we used to live in Marston Road in Sutton. It’s too close to the traffic though and a bit noisy.

Where are you going?” She asked.

 “Greece!”

“Oh I love Greece, I used to go there a lot when I was younger, I once hitchhiked from Italy to Greece, of course I was much younger. (I couldn't imagine her hitch hiking) Are you going alone?” She asked with a note of sympathy in her voice. “No, I live there some of the time” I replied.

 “Oh!” She exclaimed, with relief. (I hoped she would not ask how or why because to explain my life story is too arduous and when I once explained it to my dentist before he started work on a filling, I am sure that he thought I might be telling a fantastic tale, a fabrication of a middle aged woman)

 

“I want to get some garlic salt”; she continued “they didn't have any at Sainsbury’s nor in the Cash and Carry, so I phoned Waitrose in Banstead and they told me that they have got three. Pete likes salt but I like garlic salt, so I put his in his salt pot and mine in my pot. We always have two salt pots on the table.

 What is the time now?” She asked.

“A quarter past 11”, I replied.

“What time is your coach due to arrive?”

“Well, it should have been here 5 minutes ago, at ten past 11”.

 “And what time do you need to be at the airport by?”

“Ideally, by 12.30, as the gate shuts at a quarter past one”

“And how much time are you going to wait until you call a taxi?”

“I will give it another 10 minutes” I said.

“Oh no, I just couldn't be like you, aren't you worried?”

“No!”

At that point in time, I saw a familiar broad white vehicle with long ear like mirrors emerge from the brow of the hill.

“Ah, here it is!”

It hissed to a halt and the doors swept open.

As I hauled myself up the steep steps of the coach, I turned around and shouted to my new friend, “Bye!! you can stop worrying now!”




Alison Lorentzos                                                       copyright FEB 2017

 

 

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