from my starry window-sill!
I have been having an interesting
time these past weeks since we last met; I have been listening to the wisdom of
You will know – especially if there
is one of my species in your life – that cats are very good listeners. We may
appear to be sleeping on our window-sill but many times have I overheard
conversations, tales of joy or pain – and as I collect the data (you see I am
still in the 21st century of internet communication) – as I collect, select and
reject, I very often discover a new piece of wisdom – a new truth!
Two strangers meet – the two know
each other – well, let me put it this way, they know each other by sight. It is Stone Street, Llandovery – both have
parked their cars one behind the other, so they both emerge more or less at the
same time. One turns to go away up the
street, the second calls out – ‘Hallo – how are you?’
He turns, puzzled, and there
follows an introduction by her – ‘I’m from the Theatre!’ she says – she is
referring to Llandovery Theatre.
Enlightenment! He advances, he
asks – ‘How is the Theatre?’
‘Well’ she says – ‘it is causing
some concern – so difficult since Simon died and recently we’ve had so many new
fire precautions installed, and there is still more to do – and it is costing
so much and I am getting very old!’
He reveals he too is getting old,
but he is still younger than her!
‘I think’ he says ‘that the
Theatre was Simon and Jacky’s child – and you don’t ever abandon a child’. She agrees.
‘I think’ he adds ‘you should start a new dream!’
Later that night, she was talking
to another friend – this time on the ‘phone.
Did that ‘phone call really last 4 hours? Yes it did! He said – amongst a lot of other stuff
‘Everyone has a dream and he
quoted Exupery’s ‘The Little Prince’ .
‘Oh that book is the actors’
bible!’ she replied (she is an actor – amongst other things!)
‘Read it!’ he ordered! Yes, it
was something of an order, but she is an obedient person and she was happy to read
it, well she loves the book. And then he quoted Exupery – ‘Don’t stand on the shore worrying about the ship, look to the horizon!’
She did read again Exupery’s The Little Prince – she did as she was
told, she read it all through – there is no such quote! But it doesn’t matter because by now she has
listened to two friends – and neither were saying ‘lay down your sword,
surrender ‘ both were saying ‘start a new dream’.
‘At my age?’
‘At any age – live your dream!
Everyone has a dream!’
So she picked up her pen and
started to write again.