Friday 10 February 2012: All the things she said
I thought it was a fairly straightforward request...
"You will ring and tell me if its snowing won't you? You live in a pretty isolated area and its a five hour round trip from Sheffield and i can't afford to get stuck....."
I asked this yesterday to a mother who lived in a very rural, very remote part of South Lincolnshire, down a difficult single track road, flanked by banks of snow piled four feet high on either side.....
She said yes, and so,
i checked for a call at 9.am, i checked at 10 after an hours drive into worsening wintry conditions, i checked again 45 minutes later when all the cars passing me were covered with blankets of snow.
By midday , i was creeping down white ribbons of road at 10 miles an hour,abandoning phone then abandoning car....and when i got there she said,
"Oh, i didn't think you'd come, its been snowing you know!!!"