This morning two delightful young women came to our house, they were both in their first year at university, so we could have been something in the relationship of grand-parents.  Of course we have no biological connection. They arrived at our front door as complete strangers.  Two charming young women from if I remember correctly Kent, it soon became clear that in normal social circumstances we would never have met. The prestigious university, probably the largest commercial enterprise in the city, seems to be looking to minimise town and gown friction by setting up a befriending scheme.  We agreed, in a very bold moment to be part of this initiative.

   Two lively eighteen year old girls arrived on Saturday at the appointed time; one was clearly 6 foot tall, the other 6 inches less. ( I’ve decided I’m shrinking my skirts are getting ridiculously long)  Height is something which always makes a big impact on me.  They were polite and courteous, the taller one rather shy and quiet, the dark haired girl very vivacious and talkative.  It soon became clear that they came from a very different social background to my husband and myself.  As a child I lived in a council house, I was fortunate that free education was part of the post war world, I passed the 11+ and went to grammar school.  There was consternation about the extremely expensive school uniform, but a small grant was available so my parents were able to make sure I wore the same uniform as everyone else. 

Tiny hints made it clear our guests experience was totally different, they had been to independent schools, of course they did not directly make any reference to this.  We talked about education, their studies and the dreadful mess the world is getting itself into.  Time passed very quickly, soon they were leaving, what they made of two ancient characters like us I have no idea.  Maybe we seemed like two ancient mariners relics of a long ago time and a far away country called the past.  To us it was an adventure.





6 thoughts on “MAKING NEW FRIENDS.

  1. Such a lovely surprise this morning to find two young ladies from the local University on your front door. I am sure you both had so much to tell them starting from WW2 onwards. There you were seeing all the changes going on around you as you raised your sons and worked five days a week. Various grounds were opened to make more room for cars and houses. Many surprises were found, such as ancient houses and skeletons from people who had not been born in the same City, or even in Britain itself. I do hope they will return with more questions very soon.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment Charlotte. It felt a little strange to see young people with such a limited experience of life. Their manners were absolutely impeccable. From my perspective a hundred years is almost within living memory when I include my parents’ lifetimes. They told us the university is broadening its courses to include both arts and sciences and there are many more students than there were even twenty years ago. They make up a big percentage of the commercial life of the city. Yes I did enjoy talking about myself !

  2. Thanks very much Peter, a compliment is always welcome. I’ve been pretty busy lately with family matters, soon I hope to have a little more time. Here, there and everywhere are politicians are trying to turn the clock back to some imagined wonderful age. I hope you and yours are well and looking forward to Christmas. We have the tree up, so that’s a start.

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