Monday, 12 March 2012
Never underestimate the elderly
A few years back, I was doing some research for the biography of one of my relatives. I was at my club one night when I happened to encounter a lady who featured in the book. A former fashion designer, she had worked with all the big names in the 1960s and had gone on to further success as a fashion editor and novelist. She'd had a lengthy affair with my great uncle, so this chance encounter was a great opportunity to glean some insights for the book.
As a somewhat frail lady in her late 70s, I wondered how best to approach her. After all it was pretty awkward for a complete stranger to ask her about an affair that had been quite emotionally draining and had ended badly. As I stood there and pondered just how to introduce myself, the manager of the club appeared. He asked if I had met the lady in question and, before I could even reply, he took my elbow and guided me over to make the introduction.
The manager introduced me as a relative of her former lover and explained that I had a biographical interest. She looked me up and down and said "Ah, Jimmy. I used to fuck him."