This time of day public transport offers an education that you just cannot receive anywhere else. Actually on reflection there must be some other educational establishment its just not available to those of us that are members of society.
The delightful mother and daughter pairing that joined my journey today were a fine example of humanity. The conversations were held at a volume that meant there was no avoiding the subject so I make no apology for recounting it here. We started with the sad story of a an elderly woman who had her benefits stopped because her partner had passed away, she needed to visit the office with a death certificate and this seemed to outrage both women. Now unfortunately they had plans for today but mother was not to be beaten and had showed her where she lived and explained that if she knocked ‘her Jim’ would escort the lady and give them hell. This charming support, albeit filled with profanity and rants against the state, did come with one caution though ‘don’t tell them Jim lives with me or they will stop my claim’.
Having phoned Jim to make sure that he was out of bed by lunch in preparation for the meeting the women got down to planning their trip. It would appear that a friend owed them a shopping trip at one store so this would be the first stop, where was this missing sponsor though,surely he had to attend? Oh no its ok the sponsor was in fact the security guard at said store and so the ‘shopping’ was a risk free exercise in shoplifting. The plan was to visit that store first since that allowed time to grab lunch unhurried before targeting other stores where the risk was higher. They really were planning a shopping trip, down to the fact that they needed to get something for Sam’s new baby and Mother’s Day gifts for all of the various multiples of great grandmother.
The grandmother discussion alone needed a whiteboard to decipher, when you get to great,great,great then either you have a very healthy family or you have been having children young for generations.
It really is an education and all included in the price of the ticket.