A Few of My Favourite Things

The problem with me is that if I see something, I have to have it and I won’t rest until I do.

It’s gone through the roof lately though, ever since I inherited the house.  The place is much bigger than I’d realised – I’d only seen the ground floor previously.  God, it was a shock when the solicitor told me I’d been left it.  I didn’t even know the old chap that well.

Suddenly I had all these rooms to fill.  When I brought my things here from my little flat it was laughable really.  Everything suddenly looked so small.  So I went on a bit of a spree.  I know I shouldn’t have done really but I badly needed a pick-me-up.   It looks great now – something shining from nearly every surface.  It’s all good stuff too, nothing under £200.  That’s sort of a rule of mine.

People wonder how I can afford it.  I don’t even work, so I can see why they’re baffled.  I fill my days though.  I’ve been doing voluntary work for a few years and it gives me a real glow inside, the kind that money can’t buy.  I have a few regulars, all elderly people who can’t get out and about any more and don’t have any family around to help them.  I do their shopping or take them out for a cup of tea.  With the really crumbly ones, I just sit with them and have a chat or maybe read to them.  You get to know them quite well and I think in the end some of them come to think of me as a daughter.  I like that.

So I don’t see why I shouldn’t treat myself now and then.  I’ve got so many lovely things but my absolute favourite is the peacock vase.  I keep it by my bed so that it’s the first thing I see when I wake up.  It makes me feel rich and glamorous to hold it, as though I’m living on Park Lane with a wardrobe full of furs.  It was a wedding present.   Not from my wedding, obviously, but the old girl at number 4’s so short-sighted these days I don’t think she’ll even notice.

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Alex Jury

Alex Jury

Alex Jury is a retired cowgirl, now working as a copywriter in London. She loves working with words but misses all the lassoing.
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