A’ Shaving Grace!

Tanvir Naomi BushSouth Africa, UK 7 Comments

‘A Close Shave’ (c) T.Bush 2010

Grace had to go for an overnight to London last week for a hospital check up. Nothing serious we hope – results next week and I’ll let you know. In the meantime she has come back very glossy, fit and happy but with a rather odd shaved bit on her side and tum where she had been strapped to a heart monitor.

‘Couldn’t they have shaved in a logo…given her a ‘Nike flash’? My friend asks peering over a deceptively innocent Pimms. ‘You could have got some advertising revenue.’
There is a pause where we all wonder where we can get our hands on a stencil… Grace sighs.

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Talking of shaving, Dad, who has already lost most of his hair to the chemo, texts me to say he has run out of eyebrows. I have to email my cousin in New York as I have run out of bad hair puns. (She is more ‘highbrow then I. ‘Nuff of that! Ed.) He goes back in for his treatment tomorrow with less hair but just as much chutzpah. My marvellous father!

Today I nip to the supermarket. I have assiduously prepared an ‘austerity list’ in line with my current finances which basically reads

1. Potatoes

I leave Grace at home knowing I will be faced by crowds of sullen, exhausted England fans mooching half-heartedly along aisles of buy-one-get-one-free BBQ sets, pushing trollies of screaming toddlers and aggressively blocking the frozen pizza aisles.

A street seller offers merchandise in the colours of the South African flag for soccer fans at an intersection in Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, June 2, 2010. The World Cup soccer will start on June 11. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
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The World Cup would normally pass me by entirely except that this month I care about South Africa purely because my Dad is in Pretoria and I suspect if they lose a match the crime rate in will escalate exponentially. Very unfair of me I know……

Image FIFA Poster

I suppose I also have to care about England only because the madness infects people to the extent that when/if they are rubbish the entire country will feel like Asda did this morning.

Thinking about it makes me add ‘gin’ to my list.

And so and so…I am now prepped and ready for a week of writing. I am trying for 1000 words a day on the novel just to get the blood flowing this week. But that’s tomorrow..today I may just hang out with the semi-shaven hound and watch the Dr. Who episodes I missed on IPlayer. Have a good week folks!

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  1. Dr Who was part 1 of 2 last night (we get it on BBC America) so we decided to wait & have a mini-marathon next week & watch both parts straight through.

    Hope Grace is well. I don't follow soccer (I'm a baseball person), but this whole phenomenon is interesting so I'm trying to keep up.

  2. your disconnection to football doesn't fool me – I seem to remember you producing a whole film about the game…!

    I'm thinking strong thoughts for your dad,
    & still loving your writing.

    love from Massachusetts,

    (Hilary's daughter)

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    Thanks Janelle, Bug, Gigi and Talya and although still no lab results..(lab..geddit!!) for Grace I am sure she is tip top condition and her trainer who popped by agreed that I was not to worry. No news is good news I am thinking.

    Dad still coping really well. Stem cells still being bit shy but apparently his blood is 'behaving' which is rather a relief!

    Hi Bug – am loving this Doc Who series. Lask was the pre finale and it has all gone tits up for the doctor…how on earth will he escape certain death..da da daaaaa!!!!
    and Talya,
    Lovely to hear from you and…errr.. quite about the footie. Hows all things accross the pond? AM hoping your Mum will come to cambridge for a visit at some point. It would be lovely to see her.
    T xxx

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