Saturday, May 29, 2010
Stories from Miss Shirley
-How are you doing, Mum?
-Just fine, thanks, the indomitable Miss Shirley would reply.
Miss Shirley's three little darlings had grown into strong young men, in business and raising families in Our Town.
-Mum, we want to see the whites of your eyes when we ask you how you are. We picked out three houses in Our Town that we like and which we think you could be comfortable in. Move! Now!!
Shirley and Paul chose the delightful cottage in my neighbourhood, overlooking the Henley Pond. This story has a happy ending, as most of Miss Shirley's stories do. It's been 14 years with no recurrence of the disease. Her MS abated over time and she is hot to trot, keeping Paul, her children and grandchildren on their toes.
This week, I printed out a "business card" for myself and walked over to formally introduce myself. Mr. Paul came out making sure it was a kosher visitor who had invaded the backyard sitting area, and then left us to it. We talked for over 2 hors. I took notes. I fell in love with this lovely woman of 80 years worth of stories to tell. In the coming weeks, I will practice my story writing by relating Miss Shirley Stories. Stay tuned for The Ladybug Story, The Tree Story, The Mirror in the Wall Story, and others. You too will want to meet this laughing dynamo of a woman. She's one in a million.
What interesting people live around your neighbourhood? Are you brave/silly enough to go and meet them?