I handled it all okay... the movie was so bad that sort of took my mind off it all... : )
Carmel came back to the house and like two old diddies we watched tele and drank Chardonnay... slept like babies. About once a week or fortnight Carmel leaves her husband to his own devices and comes out here...she likes the peace and being out of town but also I know she is doing it for me. It was initially a bit freaky suddenly being on my own out of town... when she came over there was a feeling of normalcy which I really needed...stopped me losing the plot more than once...
We met thirty years ago in the old Hastings Hospital Maternity ward...I was twenty three she was thirty five. She'd just had her baby and I was in Labour. I remember her Glen (6foot plus tall)climbing in the hospital windows one night plastered, drawing the curtains around her bed and trying to climb into bed with her...she kept saying that "Therese would hear" so unable to do whatever he imagined he may be able to do so soon after childbirth... honestly! he took a leap out the window using one arm on the frame and went down crash into the rose bushes outside... probably didn't feel nor remember a thing.
We have been friends ever since... Apart from my family I really only have this one good friend, but have acquaintances with others.