This is a conversation I had with a fellow dog walker the other day on opposite sides of the road.
‘David! How lovely to see you!’
‘My dear! And you! How are you?’
‘I’m fine, thank you. You?’
‘Yes I’m good thanks. How’s the dog?’
‘Much better thank you. And yours?’
‘Same as ever.’
‘You wife still in her cupboard?’
‘Yep. I’ve had to get another lock. She keeps getting out.’
‘Oh. Has she made an appointment to have her hair done then?’
’17th of July! She was one of the first to ring and that was one of the earliest appointments.’
Noticing how long his own hair had got, I said
‘How about you?’
‘You’re not going to have a pony tail are you?’
‘Good grief no! I’m going for the David Bowie look.’
‘Oh. You going to have the flash across your face too?’
‘I just might while I’m waiting for the wife.’
‘What about the lycra and spangles?’
‘Heaven forbid! Definitely not!’
‘Oh David. You’ve just blown my image of you out of the window.’
and on that note, with a cheery goodbye we parted company.
David is a dry old stick, and when we first moved here, we were lucky to get a grunt in acknowledgement, let alone hello or a conversation.
His wife is in a wheelchair, and every week before lockdown he would wheel her up to the hairdressers, and every Sunday to one of the local charity establishments that provided a free Sunday dinner.
He walks his dog four or five times a day, and warned me in the beginning not to try and pet it as it would probably bite. We later heard that his dog doesn’t like other dogs and is known to be the local thug on the block, which is why he keeps his distance and the dog on a lead at all times.
Obviously his wife doesn’t live in a cupboard, but we’ve heard them in conversation and she does witter on at him sometimes. He said once that he wanted to lock her in a cupboard, and it’s sorta stuck. We’ve made her laugh though and always got a smile and a wave if she saw us. Now that restrictions have been eased, she is looking forward to having her hair done as she describes it as a badly maintained thatched roof on a windy day. I wonder if she will be confronted with this scenario?
I shall be waiting to see if David follows through on his namesake, especially as he’s 70 if he’s a day.