Today I spent my time driving aimlessly around London for photo opportunities, I hate staying in all day so I wanted to make it productive. As the Olympics is on and roads are closed off in some places, I couldn’t really go where I wanted to. So I ended up driving back and remembered I was near where my Nan lived.
I passed her old house just for the memories, it was nice as I hadn’t been there since she passed on of course. She was an Irish Catholic and she went to church most days just a street away from her home. I decided to pay my respects and go into the church for peaceful thinking and light a candle. As I walked up the stairs there was an elderly lady who said hello to me, I kindly greeted her back and walked on in. I walked around and just embraced the peacefulness. She came in after me and asked if I was waiting for the mass, but I just said I was just passing by to pay my respects as the last time I was in the church was for my Nan’s funeral.
This lady was about 80 and she was telling me how she finds it hard to walk as her ankles were swollen and she’d been suffering for a few years. I asked her did she want to sit down and I sat beside her to talk with her. Her name was Marie-Grace and she was originally from Bombay. She began to tell me that she was here today because it was her late Mother’s birthday, so she wanted to come to the mass for that. She said “I’m lonely, I have no body” - I asked her if she had kids or a husband, she said no promptly and started rummaging in her bag. She handed me a card that somebody living below her flats sent her. It read “Sorry to hear about the accident and your loss, god bless” - She told me she was on a motorbike with her husband, unfortunately they crashed and only she survived. She was very chatty and seemed full of happiness but I could see the pain in her eyes from her loss. I like to think I made her day a bit brighter by accompanying her, I told her it was a pleasure to speak and went on. Moral of the story is always leave on a happy note, make somebodies day, you never know when you may or may not see that person again.