I was in the
waiting room at Swansea Bus Station waiting for the Greyhound bus
to Cardiff, there had been either something wrong with me or First
Bus' timetable on the internet because at that time of the day I
believed there to be a bus every fifteen minutes. Anyway the bus
was due to leave at 10.15 and it was only 9.30, but I had my paper
with me so the waiting was not a problem. After 5 minutes an elderly
gentleman arrived, sat two seats away from me and placed his paraphenalia
on the seat between us. He seemed agitated and kept looking into
the area outside the waiting room and sighing, later the sighing
became "Oh, where is she?" I had no answer to his question
and also my mind was trying to take in the latest scandal of the
banking world so I successfully avoided giving a helpful answer
to his question. By the time 9.40 arrived he was clearly getting
increasingly worried and impatient and I was beginning to get concerned
that he might soon stand up and explain in a loud voice to all and
sundry how this was always happening and how his wife was such a
worry to him.
But he did not.
passed by and his dearly beloved still did not appear and good heavens
there is only twenty minutes before the bus goes! I began to fear
a seizure was on the way. At 10 o'clock his wife appears, saunters
over and sits quietly beside him.
on earth have you been", he said "you've been shopping
or talking to somebody I suppose."
She gave a quiet
placatory answer which I didn't hear, picked up his newspaper and
passed him the Saturday supplement for him to read. While her husband
was still agitating she flicks through the paper and gets to the
Travel Section. Clearly this is her favourite read on a Saturday
and I hear little "Oohs" and "Aahs" every now
and then. Her attention rests on a full page feature, she turns
to her husband and says.
He leans over
and peers at it.
he says "have we been there then?"
She looks at
him and I suspect there is a hint of triumph in her face.
she said "don't you remember, that was where we had to take
you to the hospital!"