She looked in a few shop windows on the way then crossed the road.
Tom’s mother was washing when Shirley walked down the passage.’
Hi Agnes; Tom asked me to call with a few things for you.’
“That lad will never be rich will he?’ our Tom gives away more away than he sells I’m sure.’
“Not really you want to see the queue waiting to be served every day Agnes.’
“Listen Tom hasn’t asked you yet but I was wondering if you would look after Jeffery for a couple of hours on Friday night as Tom is taking me to the club where they are showing Giant with James Dean.
“Our Tom loves James Dean.’
“Yes I know and he say’s he never got to see it when it came out in 1956. The poor lad was killed in his mustang car before its release here.’
“So will you look after Jeffery for us?’
“There’s no need to ask love, you know I will. I get to spoil my Grandson for a couple of hours.
“Thanks’ Agnes we will bring him around about seven o’clock is that alright?’
It’s fine; don’t worry yourself lass.’ Do you want a nice cup of tea?
“Sorry Agnes I cannot stay Tom gave me some pies and that for Mickey’s dinner. I’m dropping them on my way home. Then I have got to feed Jeffery.’
“It all go isn’t it; never mind you and Tom with get a few hours together tomorrow night.’
Shirley kissed Agnes on the cheek before backing the pram out of the passage and then headed back up the street.
Mickey was serving a customer as Shirley pulled up.’
He winked at her as he gave a young lad some apples.’
Hi Shirley; what can I get you?’
I’ve just come to drop these in for you and Christine from Tom.’
“Great said Mickey; I’m bloody starving.’
Shirley was about to leave when Mickey stopped her.’
Wait up here take a bag of fruit and vegetables home with you.
Mickey filled two big carrier bags with everything he had on the barrow then slid them under the grid that was under the wheels of the pram.
“There you go Shirley.’
“Thank you Mickey.’
“Nice to be nice said Mickey.’
“I have to go; Jeffery will want his dinner.’
“No problem Shirley; see you later.’
Shirley waved at Christine as she passed and carried on to her house.’
She pushed the pram up the back lane then opened the green painted door and went inside. Jeffery had woken up and he adjusted his eyes to the brightness then looked at his mother as she lifted him out of the pram.’
“Enjoy your sleep Jeffery; mummy’s going to feed you in a moment she cooed.’
She opened the back door and went into the house and closed the door. The fire had died down so she placed Jeffery on the sofa until she placed a shovel full into the embers then placed the shovel and a piece of newspaper on the grate to blaze it up; it soon took hold and the coals caught flame. She went to wash her hands and filled the kettle to make Jeffery his bottle and herself a cup of coffee.’
No sooner had she put the kettle on there as a knock at the door.’
She walked to the door to answer it.’
Hi Shirley have you got the kettle on its bloody freezing in our house.’