“Just keep knocking some off…”

A lovely friend gifted me this saying and he borrowed it from Fred Dibnah, a steeplejack who found fame restoring or bringing down tall industrial chimneys and through his love of steam engines.

I watched the rain falling on my Granny’s favourite plant, Lily of the Valley (a gift from my Mum), and observed how the raindrops pool and roll off. That’s the gift of nature and this saying and they have both helped me when I was going under from ‘overwhelm’ recently.

Other gifts have been the kindness of strangers and the ability to see the funny side of things, with a slight hint of violence.

Whether it is Covid or Brexit related, or a mixture of these and other factors, who knows? Mum and I have discovered that many companies are running low on parts and stock. After hours of looking online, we had one fruitless trip around a retail park looking for furniture for her new apartment. Hitting a high tiredness level we stopped at a cafe with outdoor seating for a much-needed coffee. While I was inside ordering, Mum got chatting to a lovely lass sitting at a table nearby. She suggested we try a local charity shop that had relocated to a new location and they supported the British Heart Foundation. She said the furniture was lovely with some new pieces as well and she even went on to say where we could park. She also offered her services if Mum needed any support in her new home, so with gratitude we swopped phone numbers.

The BHF shop was a treasure trove and we found exactly what Mum was looking for and the items were delivered the next day. Buoyed up by the experience, Mum and I returned a few days later and found some more pieces that happened to be new and came as a flatpack. We had built a rapport with one of the sales staff and she explained that they didn’t have the sideboard in stock, but they were happy to sell us the already assembled unit.

‘Marvellous, that will help.’ I replied.

‘Are you OK with assembling the console table?’ she asked.

‘I’ll be fine’ I assured her. ‘I take my wins where I can find them.’

Mum and I were unpacking when the delivery arrived the next day and we were delighted to find both items were assembled.

I called BHF and spoke to the lady we know, so I could ask her who had been kind.

‘I looked at you both’ she replied ‘and thought to myself, they need a break. You didn’t say anything, but I sensed you were having a rough time.’

I was so choked I couldn’t reply for a while. <3

On other fronts, there have been a few folks who are not operating from their best space and some customer support systems that are not fit for purpose in our current times. My replies to their behaviour and systems have been varied:

‘I’m not going down that rabbit hole.’

‘I am at a loss for words. Please can I re-write your script?’

‘Carry on like this and you’ll find yourself in my next book.’

‘This is insane. You keep asking me to do the same thing with the same result, which is not fixing the problem.’

‘Right now, I am suppressing the desire to do someone in and bury them under my patio.’

Friends laughed at the last line when I relayed it this weekend and one came up with a complicated legal defence scenario. Another said he’d come immediately and bring a spade. I think I’ll call him should the need arise.

One day, wanting to cheer my daughter up as she dealt with a deluge, I found this wonderful mug. I won’t use the actual word, but you’ll get the drift.

‘I am not feeling very talky today. Off you f***’

This item has been purchased and delivered to those I know in need. <3

47 thoughts on ““Just keep knocking some off…””

  1. What a lovely story Jane. How nice that you and your mom received that tip and kind help at the thrift shop. The kindness of strangers is a true blessing, I’m glad you can have a little humor about the challenges too. Sometime we need to vent!

  2. petespringerauthor

    I love stories such as the one about the sales associate who assembled your furniture out of the goodness of his/her heart.

    Your post is a nice reminder of the power of shared laughter among friends.

  3. Great writing, lovely Jane, and thank you for bringing at welcome smile today🙂 I love thrift shops, even it is just browsing through. They sometimes have great finds. Sending love and hugs across our creek to you and your mom. 💕💕

    1. My buddy across our creek, I am so glad it raised a smile. 😉 Thank you for letting me know. Huge hugs and much love flowing to you, always. Xxx <3

  4. Bless you and your mom, Jane! xo We’ve witnessed so many beautiful moments of grace this year. Sadly, some acts have been disappointing, to say the least. Your statements at the end made me laugh. 🙂 Thank you. Sending hugs across the miles. xo

  5. Great story Jane. While I was working a co-worker had a poster on his closet door. It was a guy with a cup of coffee and on the mug were the words, “How would you like a big cup of shut the f–K up?” I loved that.

  6. Thank you for sharing your random acts of kindness story. It gave me a lift. A good counterbalance to the customer service issues which seem to be rife these days.

  7. Yes, we were just talking about coping skills, how some have them and some don’t … and I might add some don’t care. Their only skill is being a bully, though they must often wonder why life always throws them curves … I know how the universe flows with you, since you do so with it. Time, it is said, is what keeps everything from happening at once 😊❤️

    1. Thank you for your support and wisdom, Pete. Some can get stuck in their way being the only way and the more life curves that flow in, the tighter they grip onto their way. I think it was Maya Angelou who commented (and forgive me paraphrasing here) ‘We are all doing our best and when we know better, we do better.’ Much love flowing to you both, always and with hugs. Xxx <3

  8. I am so sorry you have been having such a hard time, my lovely Jane! <3 <3 How kind of the assistant to assemble the furniture for you and to actually take the time to look at you and your Mum and see you are having difficulties. People like her are like gold dust. <3 <3 <3 <3

    1. Yes, Clare, her kindness and awareness brought in a lift of loving energy. Mum and I have moved a mountain and now we are getting to enjoy being able to shop together and have trips out ‘sploring. Much love and hugs flowing to you and yours and I will write to you today. <3 <3 <3 Xxxxxxxxx

      1. Thank you so much for your kind e-mail. I love to think of you and your Mum now finding a little time to go out together. Take care, my lovely xxXXxx <3 <3 <3

  9. Hi Jane, this post gave me a smile. It is always great to hear about kind and helpful people. So very nice.‘Right now, I am suppressing the desire to do someone in and bury them under my patio.’ – this reminds me of the first film I saw with my husband [then my boyfriend]. A group of students living in a commune accidently kill a travelling salesman and bury him in the garden under the roses.

    1. Thanks for your kind thoughts, Robbie. I haven’t seen that film but I love the film ‘Keeping Mum’ with a similiar theme involving a large pond. Much love to you all. < 3 Xx

  10. I loved this Jane. You’re kindness always brings on a kindness back onto you. Lovely your mum is all set up now, and love your lines. Now, I must search Amazon for one of those mugs I could sure use myself LOL <3 Hugs my unicorn sister xoxo <3

    1. Thank you, my lovely. That’s where my sending abilities for you ran aground on Amazon, with the book I mentioned and this mug. Oodles of love and soft hugs flowing to you, my unicorn sister. <3 Xxx <3

  11. What a wonderful story, Jane, and I’m so happy for your Mum! I love those lines and could use that mug at times, too! 🙂 Sending big hugs for a lovely weekend. xoxo

    1. Lovely Lauren, thank you for your kind thoughts and support. <3 I need to get myself one of those mugs! :-) Big hugs flowing to you all for a lovely weekend with much love. <3 Xxxx

  12. Even with this being about your recent angst in life, I found it very uplifting. From the unexpected new friend in the café, to the lovely kind-hearted shop lady, to the treasure find for your mum, to your ability to find the humor in it all, your true and natural good spirit shines forth.

    For the record, my favorite mug says ‘I believe you have mistaken me for someone who gives s**t.”

    1. Hello my Bro, it’s lovely to hear from you and thank you, for your kind thoughts. I love your mug and you. <3 Much love flowing to you both with hugs. Xxx

  13. It’s so interesting the wide variety of personalities in the world, from the kind and helpful to the rudeness of insanely complicated systems. I appreciate your humor with the latter and hope to borrow some of your responses to the difficult people and systems of customer “support” and rabbit holes. My prayers are on the way for your blessings to continue.

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