Monday, September 22, 2014

You don't know what you don't know.......


Let me explain the photo.
I am sat in the car with Ma and Pa.
Ma has not left the house for many months.
We have just been to buy her a lightweight
walking aid to boost her confidence.
At the traffic lights I remark that I hate
to see beautiful buildings looking a bit
sad and sorry (this one is up for sale).
Pa says to Ma 'remember that room?'.
Ma says 'Oh yes.....' in a dismissive 'trying to forget
something unpleasant' voice.
I ask why they remember it?
Pa says 'we had our wedding night drinks in there'
Was is a party? I say.
'No....just people drinking' says Ma with a sniff.


11 comments:

Cro Magnon said...

All I can say is that it looks like an extremely nice Georgian house.

Marcheline said...

This post is like a good book - it gives you just enough details to fire up your imagination and wonder about all the details that were left out.

libby said...

Cro....it is.....and I would have no chance of ever being able to afford even a flat in it...let alone the whole place....it just amazed me that in all the years I had walked past the place I didn't know that my parents had been in there on their wedding night.
M....the conversation just reminded me that my parents have had a life I know nothing about.

Nana Go-Go said...

Then you'll have to make sure that your kids know the 'little stuff' about your lives that you wouldn't normally think was interesting to them.

Trish Burgess said...

Ah, a little glimpse into another life. Extraordinary. Nana is wise - I should make sure my son knows about our life before he came along. I assume he does, but this has made me think.

Nota Bene said...

Ooops..but how fascinating to get that reaction

About Last Weekend said...

Libby, you have to write a book stringing all your Ma and Pa conversations together. They are classic.
You know i do loads of writing courses and you already have a handle on all the action-dialogue interweaving they are always talking about!

K Ville said...

I like Marcheline's comment. She is right me mind's eye has a picture now of what I perceive the wedding night gathering to have been. Thank you - great share and very thought provoking.

Andy said...

One of my very favourite things about seeing old folks pottering about is knowing that once they were young, reckless and doing interesting stuff in a world we can't relate to, knowing that it's (hopefully) all still there in the black space behind their eyes.

Looking forward to looking at young whippersnappers myself one day and thinking 'oh you have NO idea' :)

Jay said...

It makes you realise they had a life before they had you!
I agree with the other comments, it's the start of a book, it makes me want to know more!

Yorkshire Pudding said...

I think that people drinking in a room on a wedding night counts as a party or maybe there also have to be cocktail sausages on sticks plus a plate of mushroom vol au vents and a nice trifle. I hope your mother finds the new walking aid helpful. It's sad to be housebound.