I met her at the bus stop as she hadn’t been to my flat before. She’s a new friend and I was looking forward to showing her where I live and the local area. We stopped in my Turkish shop, the one I’d told her about, to buy some fresh bread for lunch. I made us a quick salad. As we chatted over lunch, I realised how I was eating fast and she told me she likes to take her time, her boyfriend’s family is Italian and they like to slowly enjoy their meals. I showed her my To Do list and we spoke about how I could get it done but I still felt anxious. It was sunny outside so we decided to go for a walk along the canal. We were both full so we walked slowly, along through the park, along the canal, along the path, passing the heron, past the barges, watching people work on their boats, enjoying the sunshine. The water was mucky but we didn’t care, we both agreed it was calming.
On our way back we stopped for a cheeky half. The table was next to the water and we chatted in the sun. My 'half a larger top' tasted like summer. As we sat and watched the water I realised that an afternoon of relaxing had made me feel much calmer. My friend reminded me that half the things on my To Do list are nice jobs that I’ll most likely enjoy and that the other half can be left for another day. We walked home feeling very happy and I thought to myself ‘next time I have lots to do I’ll have to remember to do nothing’.
Thank you Kate for a lovely afternoon.