I was sitting gazing out of the window when the phone rang.
“Hello. Is that Rethink?”
“Yes it is. Can I help you?”
“Yes, my name’s Helen. I’m phoning from the mental health social work team at St. Edward’s Hospital. I’m hoping you might be able to help a client of mine…you see he’s being evicted by his landlord and I’m really worried about him.”
“That’s awful. What a shame you weren’t at your team meeting yesterday. My colleague Richard came to talk about our new tenancy support service…for situations just like this.”
“But I was at our team meeting…..”
Did she just zone out? Was she distracted by her phone? Was listening to a presentation just not her way of taking new information on board?
I had a friend called Dave who worked in the City of London as some sort of white collar worker. He lived in a tiny one bed-roomed house in Essex and commuted backwards and forwards every day on a crowded train.
Every Friday on his way home he passed a man giving out leaflets about the BUAV – the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (they’re called Cruelty Free International now). One day he took one of the leaflets and stuffed it into his suit pocket with barely a second glance.
Two years later he was clearing out his wardrobe when he came across the crumpled leaflet. He sat on the floor and read it. It had quite an effect on him.
I met Dave about 3 years after this. He was speaking at the BUAV annual conference…as one of the Trustees. I visited Dave a year later at his animal rescue centre in Pembrokeshire. He and his wife had given up their jobs in the City; were both vegan and were as happy as Larry.
I was listening to Gardeners’ Question Time many years ago and heard Bob Flowerdew answering a question about celery.
The questioner was having real problems getting celery to grow in their garden.
Bob was not surprised.
He told the questioner that celery needed lots of water.
“You’ll need to water celery even when it’s raining.” said Bob.