Sunday, 15 January 2012

Thankful Thursday - A Bit Late

Another very simple Thank You.  This time to all the friends who have wondered where I was over the last week. 

All of us who live alone and are, how shall I say it, passed our first flush of optimistic youth where nothing can ever go wrong,  occasionally think about what would happen if we had an accident in the home.  

When Mum was alive she phoned her Brother every night.  He was a widower and lived alone in Anglesey in Wales.  After Mum died I used to telephone Uncle Eric every night.  I lived on Lewis over 500 miles away.  One night there was no reply.  I knew that he wouldn't have been out so I rang back several times over the next hour and then rang one of his neighbours and they went to see whether he was ok.  He'd had a stroke on the way to the phone and was on the floor a few feet away from the phone but unable to reach it.  If he had had the stroke just after he had put the phone down he'd have lain there for another 24 hours.

So today I'm thankful for all the friends - mine and other people's - who look out for their friends and neighbours.  Amongst all the selfishness there is in the world there are still lots of caring people out there.


  1. You're so right about our need to have caring people around us. I am so grateful to all my family and friends and neighbors for their concern.

    I also worry about a friend who lives alone in an apartment in San Francisco, about 1,200 miles away. She's had quite a few weird and wonderful health scares the past few years, and every time I phone, I hold my breath until I hear her say "hello."

    I hope all is well with you, GB, and that if you are having any difficulties, they are small, and easily corrected.

    Take care and God bless.

  2. Thank you for your phone call today. Now I can rest easy.

    Lots of love and please can we have some of your sunshine! xxxxx

  3. If I had an accident at home that made me unable to use the phone, I dare not think how long it might take (at worst) before anyone found out. But you are right, one does occasionally think about it! Even if no special reason just now to fear that the sky might come tumbling down on my head any minute... So far, I guess I've been kind of lucky even those times when I've been unlucky - so to say.

  4. This a very touching thank you post! Take care GB! Hugs, Ruby

  5. My mother-in-law sometimes does not answer the phone, and more than once I have texted my sister-in-law who lives 5 minutes by car from her to make sure she's alright. Mostly it was because she'd seen "international call" on her phone and thought it's another one of those India-based callcenters who want to sell her something. She should know my number, but sometimes she forgets, which is perfectly legitimate at 77.
    If I was to have an accident at home, my parents and/or my sister and/or RJ would all be there after a day or two to make sure I'm alright.