Tom took out the bone handled cutlery from the draw and the large carving knife.
His mother opened a tin of garden peas and placed them into a pan to heat up.
There was a knock on the door and then a shout as Eddie Farquhar came down the passage.
“Hi Eddie sit yersel doon and I will make you a cup of tea. George shouldn’t be lang noo.’
“It smells lovely as you walk doon the street Agnes.’
“It’ll taste even better when me fatha’ gets yem said Tom.’
George Taylor knocked on the door of Mrs Sarah White he waited quite a while before the door was answered because Sarah had bad arthritis in both her hip joints.
The years of heavy toil and many cold winters had taken their toll on the old lady.
She answered the door to see George standing there.’
“Hello George, what brings you here at this time?’
“I’ve got you a present.’ He uncovered the rocking chair and Sarah’s eyes lit up.’
“That is marvellous George you are so kind.’
“Can I bring it in for you?’
“Yes please come in.’
Georges work boots reverberated off the wooden flooring as he walked into the living area that had one table by the window the broken chair by the range with a clothes line across it. On the mantle there was an old clock and two old photos. There was one small mat on the floor on the wall was an oval mirror on a chain. The place was in dire need of decoration. He removed the broken chair then replaced it with the new rocking chair then asked Sarah to try it out.
She was like a child with a new toy as she rocked away in on it.’
“All she kept repeating was thank you over and over.’
“I will take this one away and repair it for you Mrs White.’
“Thank you George.’
Have you eaten anything today?
“I had a cheese sandwich earlier.’
“That’s no good; come over to my house it’s only over the road and Agnes will give you a proper dinner to eat.’
“I couldn’t impose on you all.’
“You wouldn’t be imposing it would be a pleasure to have you as a guest in our house. “ I can hardly walk these days George; but thank you for your kind offer.’
“I will soon remedy that come here he said as he picked up the old lady and carried her to his house. There wasn’t a picking on the frail old lady as he walked with her across to his house. “Agnes set another chair we have a guest.’
Agnes went into the sitting room and brought in another chair so that Sarah could sit down.’
I’m sorry to impose on you like this Agnes but George insisted.’
“You are welcome here anytime; have you met my cousin Edward and this is my son Thomas.’
“Pleased to meet you Edward but I know Tom.’
Tom got up and got another plate and a knife and fork as George lowered Mrs White into the chair where he would normally sit. The table was pulled out so that everyone could sit around it Then he carved the pork as Agnes served up the vegetables and Yorkshire puddings.
“Now this is what I call a real family meal. “ Bless the Lord for thy gracious bounty”