Thursday, January 2, 2014


Who is that?
That's my elderly lady, Zarepha. I went to see her today.

More ITV1, then?
Yes. First we watched Secrets of the Workhouses, which was interesting and very sad. Then we watched a great quiz show called Tipping Point.

Question: why do old people watch so much telly?
It stops them feeling so lonely if there's another voice there. It's also entertaining. When you've had five strokes, three heart bypasses and can't walk easily, there's not much you can do except watch TV.

That's a bit depressing.
It's funny you should say that. I was actually feeling pretty depressed until I went to see her today, and it really cheered me up.

What the hell have you got to be depressed about?
Oh, you know. The bleak weather, being in debt, and the 50:50 childcare arrangement I sadly have which means I miss my toddler half the time.

And she made you feel better?
She really did, yes. I showed her some photos of Lily and my friend Nicky:

... and she said to me "You are rich." I realised that, even though I'm in debt and finding that scary, it's the people I love who are important, not my bank balance. And Zarepha is fast becoming one of them.