Mum has a brand new car. It’s not the Rover of Leeton days, it’s a Holden Premier. But it’s pretty fancy for a Holden – green duco with a metallic sparkle, luxurious bucket seats in rich tan leather.
Dennis’s close friend at Swinburne is Aly Ong, direct descendant of a line of Malay princes. One day Aly tells Dennis he has a date. Instantly Dennis offers Mum’s new car to Ali. Aly is amazed: ‘I can’t take your mother’s car!’
‘Yes you can.’
‘No I can’t. It’s brand new.’
Uncharacteristically, Dennis asks Mum’s permission.
‘Of course, Darling. With pleasure. Tell Aly to have a lovely evening.’
Is Aly a cautious driver? Has he a license to drive? Mum doesn’t think to ask.
At midnight Aly returns, knocks on our door looking desolated. ‘I need to speak to your mother. It’s terribly late, I hate to disturb her, but something terrible has happened.’
Night and day are one to Mum. She comes down the stairs, delighted to see Dennis’ friend: ‘Hello Aly. Did you have a nice time?’
‘No, Mrs Goldenberg… I ,mean yes. But something terrible has happened…’
Mum, concerned, her face softer than ever: ‘What, Aly? Are you alright?’
‘Yes, Mrs Goldenberg, I’m quite alright. But your car is not. I crashed your car!’
‘But you’re not hurt, Aly?’
‘No, not at all, but I’ve spoiled your lovely car.’
‘Thank goodness you’re not hurt, Aly. Come and sit down and I’ll make you some supper.’
Oh to be able to react in such a situation with such grace and love.
She was an old fashioned girl, my mum, brought up in gloves and a hat, by the kind mums at star of the sea
That’s where her good manners came from
Grace- well, I think that might be innate, a gift
Thanks for writing BMP
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It was a Toyota. Not a Holden.
Nice story nonetheless!
Margot C. Mann IBCLC Director, Riverdale Lactation Center 4550 Livingston Avenue, Bronx NY 10471 718 601 2939 Faculty, Pediatrics Department, Columbia University http://www.lactationcenter.com
Yes mig, but no:
Mum did indeed buy a Toyota crown, the top of the range It didn’t have leather , but velour- an innovation
But before that there was the Holden premier – very glam with its leather and its teal lox green duco
I really couldn’t say which car Aly pranged, but I thought it was the premier
Gosh she was a great girl, that mum of ours
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