An embellishment to our life style: no not the azalea in the pot but the nice shiny new ash tray at the front. When I was younger, at the age of sixteen, I began to smoke. In those days it was not so dangerous and you felt grown up. Mum and dad smoked, grandad smoked, and most of the kids at school were making their first steps. Mum was not actually happy that I started to smoke, did everything to discourage me, but to no avail. At the age of around 50 they had both stopped smoking, mainly for financial reasons.
The years passed on, I was still a smoker until No. 1 son was a bump in my body. I stopped smoking for a year, during the pregnancy and afterwards in the milking time, but afterwards it all started again, until No. 2 bump appeared. I again stopped for a year and then I began again, the story of my life. One day I decided enough was enough. It was not a cheap pastime and to be quite honest my health did suffer a little.
However there are those that have smoked a long while. When I met Mr.Swiss he was a smoker as I was, but he did not have any pregnancies to change his mind now and again. He celebrated his eightieth birthday at the end of October, and yes, he is still smoking. Who am I to say no, nobody is perfect. We all have our little annoyances, but being a non-smoker for now more than 20 years I must admit it annoys me a little. He never smokes in the apartment, only near the window in the kitchen in Winter, in Summer outside. Today I decided if he does not want to stop, then it could be a little better organised. The embellishments are two new shiny ashtrays where the remains are sunk below: one for outside and one for indoors. Up to now there were various tins used, but from today there is a new system. Wish me luck. Mr. Swiss agrees with it. Stop smoking? Who am I to tell an 80 year old person to stop, but there is a silver lining to the smoky cloud, he has reduced the consumption considerably.
And I have no understanding for the adamant non smokers with their super clean lungs and their remarks. They are not always as perfect as they think they are.