I know this may sound strange but you do meet people at Southlands who knit. It is a hobby you can take anywhere, except on a plane as Needles aren’t allowed. Just in case you decide to go mental and stab someone, like you could with a pencil or a pen that you actually need to fill out an abundance of those forms.
Down at my local shopping mall ‘Southlands’ which I have been frequenting for the last 26 years. Always or generally in a hurry, not really taking in the locals, who sometimes I am ashamed to say become invisible to you. You have a chat as you stand side by side at the green grocers or are waiting in the queue at the supermarket.
You soon get to spot the newbies who have entered into your neighbourhood. Generally ambling about, getting in your way when you are in a hurry.
Watched the generations change, the young families move in, toddlers in tow. Our shopping centre is also opposite one of the largest public High Schools ‘Willetton Senior High School’. When my girls attended this wonderful school, there were 1800 students, no you didn’t read that wrong.
You nod and smile at those familiar faces, recognising how we have aged, as the years are flying by, in fact I smile at everyone and thankfully they smile back at me. I do this for four reasons.
- So my faces doesn’t sag
- Firming up my facial muscles
- Generally feeling pleasant
- As I am one of those who talk to everyone anyway, a smile goes a long way
You know, when the girls were young, I told them not to talk to strangers. They never figured out why that rule didn’t apply to me. I still stand by my statement to the girls that some rules don’t apply to adults. But seriously people smile it’s good for the facial muscles, and good for you.
There are a few benches around and about and now, they are putting in lounges at strategic spots, creating an atmosphere that you actually have time to lounge, meet up with friends, have a chat etc etc. I think it’s working as it is creating a nicer more relaxed atmosphere and it’s not all about buying the necessities of life but creating time to sit and have a chat, rather than tear through the joint at an increasing rate of knots.
Now I must confess, when working, I am out and about at these shopping centres, visiting trainees, or snatching some lame lunch, like a Bakers Delight Vegemite Scroll. I will sit down to scoff it, generally next to some poor unsuspecting person, where I strike up a conversation. Often having a laugh with like minded people, I am lucky they like to talk to me to, see it’s that smile.
Last week I sat down next to a lady, not because I was eating but because she so reminded me of myself, I had a trolley in tow full of groceries. Reflecting or guestimating should I make it to her great age, of what I will be like in my twilight years. She was knitting furiously and was knitting left handed, just like me. We knit like we are stabbing someone, go figure and look out. She also learnt to knit the same way I taught my daughters.
She knits and sells scarves for $12, children’s jackets for $30. She was telling me that she advises the young mothers to add cuffs onto the coats to get an extra years wear. Now thinking this is a mistake as she doesn’t get them back as customers for two years. But is still happy to dole out the advice. She buys all her wool on special, so generally buys at half price.
|My project, I love these bamboo Knitting Needles.|
This is a way for her to supplement her pension, give pleasure to young and old and keep enjoying her hobby. Didn’t like to ask her name, because then I would tell her I was going to blog about her, then I would have to explain myself, and some days you just don’t feel like it do you?
As a side note about my neighbourhood, on my walk the other day I passed this hive which fell out of a tree, thankfully I wasn’t there at the time as I imagine the bees wouldn’t have been to happy.
|That fell out of this tree.|
Life’s just like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get, till you get it.