14 January 2010
The advantage of a walking stick
Here's an interesting thing, if you use a walking stick you become a nice old cove that people want to help. Struggle without one and those same people look at you as if you were the village idiot who might start to dribble all over them at any moment. Strange but true...
Regular readers will know that my health is pretty lousy and that my legs are fairly dodgy. I have been in England for just over a week and a friend drove to London to take me over to his place in Essex for a few days. Eating curry that evening I needed the help of both a waiter and my friend to stand before I could hobble out of the eatery. The glances that came my way from Essex's finest are memories that I will treasure for the rest of my life as examples of inbred primitivism at its best. I am convinced that they had in in their minds that I was going to piss into their chicken curry or something.
A few days later I was presented with a walking stick by another old friend. Now instead of looking at me as if I might molest their kids, parents happily send their offspring over to hold doors open for me. Old people chat about my ailments and tell me more than I ever really wanted to know about their aches and pains. Everyone in general gives me sympathetic looks and is patient as I struggle to leave a shop or get to my feet after drinking coffee in the local Starbucks.
So what is the moral of this little tale? Well, get yourself a walking stick if you have a problem with your legs, otherwise people will think that you have something wrong between your ears. Don't ask me to explain why this is so, but trust me when I say that it is.