As I scraped my face, this morning, with a disposable razor. I made one long stroke too many.For perhaps the six thousands time, in my long life; I cut my chin. As my blood dripped down into the wash basin, I thought of yesterday’s lunch, roast turkey, with all the trimmings. I started to wonder how many, Sunday dinners had I supped on during my long life?

As a boy, these end of week feasts celebrations of plenty were a rare event. But when it did happen, it caused great joy for my parents and us children. I can remember, my father’s precision at sharpening the carving blades as if he were part whirling dervish. Later on, when I was head of the table, I would imitate my father’s art . And now old and shuffled down to the sides of a smaller table, for yesterday’s Sunday Roast, I noticed more the dead who were absent, then those alive around me, who absent-mindedly attended to their mastication.

So on this left over Monday, I will have my tea with the long departed spirits of my youth. Between bites of my sandwich, I shall think fondly of my dad, who seldom had the chance to carve a roast, because he was out work and we were living doss- house- rough in Bradford.
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message 1: by Carol (new)

Carol I am going to buy a copy of your book next month.


message 2: by Harry (new)

Harry Smith Cheers and thanks in advance for investing your time in my early life and the lives of my ancestors. It is gratifying.


message 3: by Vickie (new)

Vickie I bought this book a couple of months ago. Absolutely fantastic! This was one of the best stories I've ever read - and that includes fiction. I have recommended this book to everyone I know.


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Melanie Robertson-King I enjoyed this snippet of your everyday life in the here and now as much as reading your first book. Funny how time changes our perspective on things.


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Harry Smith Melanie wrote: "I enjoyed this snippet of your everyday life in the here and now as much as reading your first book. Funny how time changes our perspective on things."
Thanks, Melanie. Your support is always appreciated! Cheers, Harry


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