The first morning in Tilly’s house, she had some visitors.
Alison came to visit with a huge cheese cake. Tilly said, “Alison has just made this for you.”
Alison is Tilly’s friend. Because I’m Tilly’s friend, Alison made this cake for her friend’s friend.
How sweet was that? I instantly felt in love with the people from Stockport.
Not long afterwards, another friend Pam knocked on the door. Again, Pam came to see me because I’m Tilly’s friend.
It was such a wonderful world.
Tilly can “phone a friend” easily. She can phone many friends.
I’m old enough to know that it’s unwise stereotyping people, but I must say the few northerners that I was lucky enough to have met were very warm, funny and kind.
Do I have a friend who would spend her own money, make a fuss and make a large cheese cake for my visiting friends? Probably not. Because I’m just not as nice as Tilly. I don’t have a friend like Alison.
I’d have to bake one (if I could manage) or buy one from the shop.
Before I left, Tilly forwarded me an email from Pam.
“Next time, I will take them to the Trafford Centre! I had hoped to do that last night (which is why I asked what time you had your evening meal) but I didn’t feel well so wasn’t up to the drive. Maybe next time!”
Pam had thought about Tilly’s friends and wanted to help entertain us.
It reminds me of a more traditional way of life. The bond with neighbours and friends were closer. Barriers were low. Friends helped out each other more directly. Friends just popped in. The community spirit was stronger.
It seems that in the north, at least in Tilly’s world, it’s surrounded by warmth, friendship and kindness.
Because Tilly’s a magnet. She’s just so nice. It’s impossible not to love her. And her lucky friend got the cheese cake.
I really envy her.
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