Frank’s topic this week is TREAT
There are edible treats, luxurious treats, entertainment treats, clothes treats and a host of other things that we don’t have every day.
We say that things ‘come up a treat’ when we’ve been cleaning or polishing, but how do we show all this in a photograph?
Whenever we were able to visit Mum, we tried to treat her by taking her out for lunch or a trip to Hamworthy Park. She was so easy to please in those later days, just the simplest things, even reminiscing about Dad or times past would raise a smile and be encouraged.
She may not have been able to remember what she had for breakfast (or even if she’d had any), or what she did the day before, but things or events from years ago were a different matter, some as fresh in her mind as if they’d just happened.
She said it was a treat to hear me play her favourite songs, and it was equally a treat for me to hear her humming or singing in the background as I played.
Years before, Dad and I would play duets, me ‘vamping’ on the bottom of the keyboard as he played the top, then we’d swap over until eventually a few years later I was playing both parts, my left hand racing my right as I tried to keep up with myself and not tie my fingers in knots.
Dad treated me by taking me to the cinema to see The Wizard of Oz because he felt every child should see it at least once. At Christmas, the Family treat was the cinema on Boxing Day, going on the bus (which Dad hated but he didn’t have the worry of finding somewhere to park) and queueing for the latest ‘blockbuster’.
Other times of the year we would all go out for ice cream, including the dog, or walks in the New Forest. In the summer, it was over to Badbury Rings for a picnic……….. and also to collect berries or elderflower for Dad’s wine!
Treats never had to cost the earth for us, it was time shared that mattered. Times when memories were made and retained.