I drove up the motorway in treacherous rains...
but it was well worth it ..I Love travelling North or South or East or West
and each time we stop the dialect changes ever so slightly ..
We had the most wonderful of rests in the Leeds Museum Tea Rooms..
Next to.. were a family of 4 ..quite well off looking..stuffing themselves with cakes ..prettily cut sandwiches and all manner of fine drinks..
A poorly dressed lad approached..he must have been only 18 or so..
I was curious so stared..
He was asking the family of 4 for a penny or two..
and they just looked down..
He saw me looking and came over ..said he was hungry..
He was wet and his clothes were shabby..
we had not much money with us so we made our minds up ..
instead of 2 portions of Tomato and basil soup and 2 cups of coffee..
we would share and settle for one bowl and one drink between us ..
So that meant we had more than we needed..we emptied our pockets and gave him the pounds..After all..That was the decent thing to do..
He looked so poorly..I asked him if he had a roof over his head and he said he had..but was suffering from Aids and no-one would give him a job..he walked away.. my eyes followed him and rested on the people at the table with plenty of food ..and they were still staring down ..
We ate our soup drank our coffee..and on the way out..passed the people with plenty of fine food who were sitting back satisfied..
I asked if they enjoyed their meal and did they have enough..the main lady smiled and thanked me and said there was actually more than enough and could not eat every crumb..then it dawned on her and she changed to flushed pink when she saw no smile in return ..
Just had a thought...
After the boy left..
I should crept over to the table of 4 and said
"can we have your left overs as we've just given all our money
to that poor boy" ...
Even though it rained and rained..We didn't care a jot..
We had a loveliest of days in Yorkshire..
I just keep wondering where the boy is ..
its supper time now and he'll be hungry again
Our Cup of coffee and Pretty Spoon Holder ..