Alison popped along and knocked on Shirley’s door; she was so excited.’
Shirley was bathing Jeffery and she quickly wrapped him in a towel and went to the front door.
Alison didn’t wait to be asked in and walked down the passage.’
“You want to see my house now said Alison. Tom’s mate has done a fabulous job.’
“Put the kettle on and I will tell you all about it.’
Alison went through every room explaining the colour scheme.’
“I cannot wait until we are neighbours proper like.’
“Shirley perished the thought as she placed the kettle on and emptied the pot as Jeffery played with his rattle on the sheep skin rug.
When Shirley returned she placed a clean romper suit on Jeffery.
She let Jeffery play on the rug as he made gurgling noises and placed the rattle into his mouth.
“Not long now Alison before you and Mickey are married.’
“Yes, I know it’s only three weeks away now. I want the house looking spick and span before then.’
Tom has sorted out the King Street Club for the reception. He is taking care of all the catering, so don’t worry about that.’
“That’s very good of him Shirl.’
What’s it like being married Shirley?’
“A lot harder than you think Alison; don’t think that it’s all wine and roses because it isn’t but then again you haven’t got a kid to contend with have you.’
“I hate looking at my wedding photographs because all you can see on all of them is a huge bump.
Still you wouldn’t change a thing I bet.’
“Oh yes I bloody would.’ First off I would have waited another few years as I didn’t get to do what I wanted.’
“What was that then?’
I wanted to go to America and see my friend Pat Devlin who we met on holiday.’ We were going to go to the museums in Manhattan and Washington and I was going to take a degree in Archaeology.’
“You’re not regretting getting married to Tom are you.’
“No Alison I still love Tom but I feel cheated you know; I’m trapped now that Jeffery has come along. At one time I could go where I pleased. Now I can’t.
“I don’t want to be chained to a kitchen sink all my life Alison. I have a brain and I want to use it.’
“Well I won’t mind being a kept woman when I have children.’
“You say that now but just wait.’
“I don’t even have the time to go to the hair dressers these days or just have a little time to myself. I pick up a book and Jeffery starts crying.’
Alison went to the scullery and poured out the tea then brought it in for her friend.’
“Seems to me as if Tom isn’t pulling his weight around here.’
“Tom works hard Alison but when he comes home I hardly have time to talk with him. It’s always about him and never about me.’
I’m not trying to be funny Alison but he spends more time with Mickey than he does with me.’
“I know I was just saying that the other night but when you talk about it to Mickey he goes off in the huff.’