Tale Weaver – # 164 – Helping Others – 22nd March 2018

Thanks Michael.

This week we are asked to write about helping others.

In the build up to sitting my O levels in 1972, pupils in my year were encouraged to assist up at the local Cheshire Home. Already the school had knitted thousands of squares for blankets, and I certainly did my fair share of those, as did my Mum. She always had oddments of wool left over from something or other, so to knit them up into the required 8 inch squares put them to good use.

The Home was about 2 miles away so I’d walk there twice a week, but always came back on the bus, though I’d still have a three-quarter mile walk or so from the bus stop to our house.
At first I only helped out at mealtimes and in the kitchen, and if I remember correctly, I always seemed to be there on my own, but that never worried me.
After a couple of weeks though I got involved in a game of scrabble with one of the residents. She was a theatre nurse until she was struck down with an illness which robbed her of her mobility. Her chair had been specially adapted so as to assist her only muscle control in one shoulder, but her mind, and her wit, were as sharp as a razor.
I’d keep score or look up any words that were challenged, and on a couple of occasions, I actually played. She was amazing.

A lot of the girls in my class weren’t keen on helping out, some preferring to make excuses and hang out with their boyfriends (I didn’t have one anyway), and others living considerably further away than I so it wasn’t expected.
I enjoyed it though, so whilst it was good experience, I didn’t opt for either nursing or teaching which were the two preferred career choices at the time.


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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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2 Responses to Tale Weaver – # 164 – Helping Others – 22nd March 2018

  1. joyroses13 says:

    How wonderful of you to help out! What a blessing you were to them.

    • There were quite a few of us who volunteered, and we staggered our days and visiting times too, which could account for why I was nearly always on my own. The residents were a happy bunch too.

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