I was recently asked if I'd ever met anyone for a very brief time and found myself thinking about them long afterwards. I said yes, quite a few.
I met a lady in a lift (elevator) at the shopping centre in 2011.
She looked at my arm. I looked at her legs. She smiled and I said, “You win!”
She laughed and said, “No, this was not an accident. I have (and she named a condition that I’ve forgotten but which causes muscle weakness).
I said,”I’m sorry to hear that. I know what it is as I recently met two children who have the same condition”. She named the children and their mother - she knew them.
Then she looked at my arm and said, “Your mother should have taught you about using comfrey to treat that”.
I said, “I am using comfrey on it. That’s why I don’t have a plaster cast”.
She then told me how she made a quick and easy herb ointment by crushing the fresh herb and mixing the juice with plain skin lotion and rubbing it on.
“My neighbours call me a witch,” she said. “But when they are hurt they come over for some magic ointment”.
We got out of the lift. I asked her if I could help with her shopping bag. She said no, she would look after herself as long as she could. I watched from a distance as she walked to her car and went through a complicated process of putting the shopping in and then getting herself in with two crutches.
I knew her for five minutes. I wish I had said more.
I wish she was my friend. I liked her and I think she had a lot to share.