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RAOK Suggestion #8 Help an old man | by garethjmsaunders
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RAOK Suggestion #8 Help an old man

I met Old Father Time once, at a party in London, at new year. He was sitting in a corner, wearing a long, dark coat and a warm hat of imitation.

 

He held in his hand a long staff that looked as though it was once part of an old bannister. Surrounding him, on the floor, were five or six filled carrier bags, the cheap kind that you can freely take at the supermarket checkout. As we spoke, I asked him what advice he would give to the younger generation. He looked at me with a cheeky glint in his eye (he only had one eye) and replied, in quiet, but measured tones, "Remember that old people's fingers don't work as well as they used to." While I took this to mean that I should offer to help with his shopping once in a while, apparently he was actually talking about his frustrations involved in trying to crack one off.

 

Maybe he was a tramp, after all, as my Mum said when she came to collect me.

 

Thinking back, the police also arrived at the same time to remove him... and he swore a lot.

 

That aside, his advice stands firm: help an old man with his shopping.

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Taken on August 22, 2004