“Yes I could do that but I don’t have anyone to pass the house onto. I could leave it to you in my will but you would only sell it so it is best that I just pay rent.’
“I will have to think about this carefully.’
“Well we will let you think about it Judith; we have to go now as I have a garden to tidy up. The funeral car will pick you up at twelve thirty.’
“Alright; What about your father’s records I know that he wanted you to have them all.
“I will collect them after the funeral Judith.’
Can you take me to mam’s house Bobby; I can get the bus if you don’t want to.’
“I will drop you off but I am not coming in Maggie. I’m going back to cut the grass back and front and dig the borders for you. What is the point Bobby I will be moving into my new house in a few days.’ It won’t take long to cut and even so I don’t want the next person who gets your house to call my sister about the away she left her garden.
Bobby drove to the garage then filled up the car; He showed his sister how to do it and then how to go about paying for it on her card once she got one.
Bobby dropped her off along the street from their mother’s house in Redburn View.
“I will pick you up at five o’clock alright.’
He looked along at the rows of houses and saw the house. The streets hadn’t changed that much just the names.’
Children still played in the gutter in rags as he did when he was young. Some of the houses were boarded up and there were the remnants of old cars in the gardens and pathways. Bobby drove away and headed back towards Verne road. Looking at his watch it was two forty five. By the time he would cut the grass it would be four o’clock.
When he got back he rang Martine and asked if she wanted to go out for dinner somewhere.’
“Dinner; now that sounds nice.’
“Where are you taking me?’
“What kind of food do you like?’
“Anything, but not a curry.’
“Italian, Mexican, Chinese?’
“Italian is good.’
“Okay I will pick you up at seven.’
“Have you got a car; no I’m using my sisters.’
Are we dining alone or are you bringing your friends.’
“I could do if you’d like.’
No thanks; I want you all to myself; are you going to stay over tonight?’
“Okay then I will see you at seven o’clock.’
“That’s a date.’
Bobby hung up then went to the outhouse and picked up the mower and then plugged it into the circuit breaker and then switched it on.
He went up and down the grass until the box was full and then cut the edges with shears. He dug the border then went to do the same to the back garden. The back took him longer as it was bigger in length and width. When he’d finished he cleaned the blades and wheels then wrapped the flex around the handle of the mower then closed the door.’ He made himself a cup of tea then ran himself a bath. He felt better now the gardens were now tidy.
He washed his hair then lay back in the hot water to soak away his tired body.