Let me tell you something about my mother, she is 85 and they broke the mould when she was born, although she is not as mobile now which  is the reason she asked me if I would mind taking her to the local market because in her words she had been waiting to get a coat or two for the summer, plus she needed some nightgowns

Now my mum seems to collect nighties she is forever buying them, most of them she never even wears and then they go in to the charity bag that are regularly dropped round her cul-de-sac.  I think that they see my mum as their number one contributor.

She had recently bought a pink nightie  which she raved on and about saying how soft it was and how much she liked it along with yet another dressing gown. ( she has two of those too.)

When we got to the market  we went straight  to the coat stall which had a large array of  summer coats and she started trying them on, she decided quite easily on a turquoise and pale blue jacket, poo poohing the market stall seller when he said they suited her.

“You will tell me owt, you will” she said,

“Your only after me brass, you are”  (yes she is a Yorkshire women)

Used to older Yorkshire women the stall holder smiled and said nothing.

“I’ll have em both” she said

Please God I thought, don’t start trying to barter with him, luckily for me she didn’t and he stuffed them into small blue plastic bags.

“Is he creasing em up she said loudly” so he could hear

“No I said, he isn’t, do you want bags or not? ”

“Hmm she said”

Then we walked the short distance over to the stall that sold nighties.”

I am surprised you need any more nighties” I said .

“Are you after another one like that pink one you like so much”

“Oh no” she said “I’m saving that one for if I ever have to go into hospital”

“What,” I replied, “so your saving the most favourite nightie you have ever had for if you have to go into hospital? and your 85 now”

“You might not get your wear out of it.”

Having a good sense of humour she laughed and said

“I, well if I am not here it can always go in to the charity bag”

I shook my head whilst she proceeded to buy two more.

I never did ask her if they fitted her OK.


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