During the Blog Monsoon (see last post but one) I found a nice collection of ‘anxiety blogs’ but they’ve actually been pretty quiet. I’m careful not to read them with too much absorption anyway, as I’m terrified they will set me off again! “Don’t think about the hippopotamus.” I’ve been so much better recently that the other day I was whizzing along the street in a total strop about something else. That’s good news.
Jolly the Trolley is still in tow. Mum tried to get me to leave him in the car, but I wouldn’t. I’ve picked him up and carried him, though, which means I’m not really leaning on him. I’ve got fond of him and have started saying encouragingly “come along now” (much to the bemusement of a nearby three-year-old). I also call him ‘him’ without thinking.
Yesterday I said to Mum, “the reason his long handle is rather stiff and I can’t collapse it back down is that he’s got a metal stud down here that’s gone rusty. I better treat it with WD-40.”
Mum, peering intently, said, “mm. I suppose you better.”
When we were in town, feeding cats and buying overpriced ink cartridges, we were crossing the road and Jolly the Trolley got so anxious about the waiting cars that he collided with Mum’s ankles. When we reached the safety of the pavement, Mum spun round and threatened to give him a good smack if he did it again. We both took a step backward.
It surely isn’t just us, though… have a look at this photo of Jolly the Trolley. Do you see a large toothy grin?
You sheltered me from harm
Kept me warm, kept me warm
You gave my life to me
Set me free, set me free
The finest years I ever knew
Was all the years I had with you
If there’s someone you know
That won’t let you go
And taking it all for granted
You may lose them one day
Someone takes them away
And you don’t hear a word they say
(from Everything I Own sung by Ken Boothe)
Edit Feb 2008: Comments for this entry when it was on Blogigo:
1. Pete wrote at Sep 22, 2006 at 21:18:
nice to put a face to the name 😉
2. bluestone wrote at Sep 22, 2006 at 23:12:
ha! I do see that smile!
3. kateblogs wrote at Sep 23, 2006 at 17:48:
Yip a definite smile 🙂
4. Pacian wrote at Sep 23, 2006 at 18:01:
I also see a nose and a pair of sunglasses…
5. Diddums wrote at Sep 23, 2006 at 18:30:
I guess he needs the sunglasses because he’s looking up into the sun so much of the time.
6. Sacha, from IrkedMagazine.com wrote at Sep 25, 2006 at 15:58:
AHA! So THAT’S what Jolley the Trolley (J.Tro?) looks like! Handsome bugger, he is…!
I dig the way you write, Diddums.
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