I have been debating whether to tell you this or not for a few days.
On Saturday, I was at my local Iceland buying their Sweet Chilli Chicken Pizzas (£1.50 each and just delicious!).
Being naturally talkative, I started chatting with the woman in front of me in the queue. Elderly, with a lovely smile.
After exchanging a couple of mundane sentances. She said to me
"Would you mind wishing me, Happy Birthday? As I am 80 today and no-one has said Happy Birthday to me"
Doesn't it just break your heart?
I of course wished her Happy Birthday as did the Cashier and everyone else at the Checkout. It turns out her husband died earlier this year and there was no-one around. I suspect she was lonely.
I waited a couple of minutes and asked her if she would like to come for a cup of tea with me to a local cafe. I was going to get her a piece of cake and generally make a fuss of her.
I think she got embarrassed, and said "No, I am ok thank you" and scurried off.
I feel so sad when I think of this lady.
Loneliness must be debilitating.
Sigh.... Christmas must be unbearable for so many people.