What is something that people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?
Nothing really I must admit. I have my own obsessions and even Mr. Swiss doesn’t get the hand of them, although I do. I just live and let live and if someone want to remove every blade of grass growing in the wrong place in the garden, it is their problem, not mine. It can even get amusing seeing the so-called problems that others have.
What quirky things do people do where you are from?
My Village, but not where I come from – perhaps quirky to have official information at the entrance to the village.
Oh dear, yes the Swiss way of life. Although I do not see it so much as when I arrived in Switzerland, it always fascinated me to see how the Swiss housewife would strip the bed completely in the morning and hang the sheets and duvet covers over the widow sill to air them out for a few hours, only to remake the bed completely later. As said, I no longer see it so much. I think the younger members of the nation do not have so much time. Perhaps it is not quirky, but just a way of life.
I am from London, the East End, the part where the air has a permanent smell of brick dust, at least it did when I lived there. We all had our little houses built in 1884, with no running hot water and the toilet in the garden, but nevertheless we all had a door step and that was the pride and joy of all working class inhabitants of the area. My mum would scrub it, on hands and knees, once a week, although it never really looked different. We had a neighbour with a red painted stone step, which she would scrub on hands and knees every day. Note the usage of the word “scrub” because clean would not be sufficient. She also had a brass door knob which was polished daily to the extent that around the knob was a bright stain of polish.
What are some things you wish you could unlearn?
I am still endeavouring to learn things that I never learned. Unlearning is not really part of my way of life.
Who is someone that you miss having in your life?
No-one, because life is a continuing process. Memories belong to life and no-one lives forever. With the modern world of online communication, we have so many possibilities to even find people that we though we had lost forever.
What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I have been knowingly suffering from MS since more than a year, although it probably arrived 30-40 years ago, but not diagnosed as such. MS is something I have learned to live with, having a snazzy walking stick is just one part of it. However, I have now discovered a web site Living Like You from Novartis, a Swiss based company for healthcase based on MS. It is not medical help as we all have our specialists and doctors, but a site with contributions from people like myself. A collection of blogs if you like, under various subjects, but what a great relief to see the reactions of others, and mostly positive. You are landed with the illness, you didn’t ask for it, but now get on with it is the basic message. I am really glad I discovered this site.
In the life of a golden oldie, looking forward really means to survive with no problems, so lets look forward to the week after next. I will tell you all about next Monday.