Things I didn’t know about my mother. (Part Seven).

29 07 2012

Where I live the door to door callers either want to sell cheaper electricity, gas or broadband services, with the occasional person collecting for charity. Where my mother lives most of the callers want to fix her roof, clear her gutters, do her garden or tarmac the driveway. Some even want to clean her house. I have a strict principle never to buy anything from door to door callers, although I will give something to those collecting for charities. I’ve tried to convert my mother to my way of thinking but with various degrees of failure. She employed a cleaner for four hours once, the problem being that she felt compelled to clean the house before the cleaner arrived, and would then spend two hours chatting to her over cups of tea. Then there was the man who came to clear her guttering. Whilst up on the roof he claimed that he had discovered that some of the concrete border had crumbled and offered to re-concrete it. My mother accepted. Within months the new concrete border had crumbled, thereby blocking up the guttering. Chancing his arm the same man came back about a year later offering the same service. My mother remembered him and started to complain, at which point he ran off, but not before snatching the leaflet advertising his services back from my mothers hand. More recently a door to door salesman installed a new door bell as the old one had lost its ring. When visiting my mother recently I had on more than one occasion gone to answer her front door only to find no one outside. When I mentioned this to my mother she casually remarked that there was something wrong with the new door chime. It only rang when some one pressed her neighbours door bell button. Honestly, will she ever learn.

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