Jaqui's Daily Blog

Saturday 7th July

I like to think I am a good guest.  I always arrive at the time I said I would (though I do have Mr B to thank for this; his middle name is Punctuality.)  I park tidily (most of the time.)  I always ask if anyone wants to use the shower before me.  And if my hosts want to watch a television programme which I don't usually watch myself, I watch it along with them, without protest, and ask intelligent questions to show my interest.

 

However, let's now take a look at these statements from the point of view of mine hosts.

 

I arrive: my host hears the car outside and wails: "Another five minutes and I'd have finished hoovering!"  He / she looks out of the window at where I have parked (tidily) and cries: "Why does she always park there!? The neighbours will go berserk....."

 

When I take my turn in the shower: "How long does she take, for heaven's sake? Surely she washed her hair YESTERDAY?!"

 

And when I repair to my bed after watching X Factor: "Does she have to ask questions about every single contestant, where they lived, what they do for a living, how many pets they've got.  Doesn't she ever just WATCH a TV programme?!"

 

Not that they would ever breathe a word to me.  So, rather than me be an ideal guest, I suspect I am simply blessed with lovely people who welcome me warmly and let me come back again - and again - however annoying I may be.  

 

I hope I am an equally good host.  I am reminded of my father's favourite poem.  In fact, my Dad didn't really "do" poetry, if you know what I mean.  But he loved the sentiments in this three-liner - and so do I.

 

"Come in the evening, or come in the morning;

Come when expected, or come without warning.

Only - Come!"

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19.11 | 22:40

I'll be thinking of you. Good luck. Love from Pat.xx

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19.11 | 18:19

Good luck Jaqui from us both. Hope all goes to plan. Kindest wishes, Roland & Shirley x

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16.11 | 11:06

Will you be OK for the op? If you care for someone like you do, there isn't anyone to care for you. So glad that Kay and Louise were around that day.

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Hope you're OK. xx

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