we have an elderly neighbour who was really poorly two weeks ago with a contagious flu type thing, her son is not there at the moment, we wondered why she had not been out and about seeing her car is in the same spot.
I phoned her to ask if she was ok, she sounded terrible and hurt to speak. The surgery had bidden her keep warm and drink plenty. She did manage to give me a long list of things she needed.
My OH walked up to Waitrose our nearest shop and bought what she required, leaving it on her doorstep, two bags of food including generic medicine, ibuprofen, honey, Fentimans pink lemonade, (not on offer) ice cream, milk, soups, eggs, cooked chicken, chocolate, came to 32+ quid.
Our neighbour phoned to thank us, we wished her soon be well and have not heard from her since although her car is not there this week since Sunday.
The only thing my OH bought her which wasn’t requested was the chocolate.
He also left the receipt in one of the bags. He paid cash.
When she has collared me in the past, as when her son
had accidently driven off with her car keys, she has handed over cash, said she always has cash in the house, but clearly not this time? as in if we left her shopping in her porch, she could have left the money in the porch?
My OH feels put on although he shopped with my cash,
that now our neighbour is clearly out and about we have not heard from her.
Perhaps we were over generous. Perhaps she has forgotten?
She is back home today.
She is a pleasant lady, who we couldn’t see suffer.
My OH remarked that why isn’t she better stocked at her age,
I said this was beside the point,
now coming around to his way of thinking.
Now I’m feeling ungracious, thinking, why didn’t I mmob.
At the time I imagined how I would feel, being ill with no tissues or fruit juice in the house, in a ‘be done by as you would* rationale.
Because he walked, to ‘stretch his legs’ my OH could only carry two bags and returned for our few bits of shopping, legs well stretched, so I can understand his miffedness although, it was his idea to walk and he is a kind and generous man.
Obviously now I’m prepared to write it off. If indeed we are being taken advantage of, isn’t it a shame that there will be no next time, for her or any other needy neighbour unless money up front.
Should she have forgotten and pays up I will come back and say although it seems unlikey now after two weeks? and her being sharp as a tack.
Has anyone else experienced anything like this? wwyd ?
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