I am constantly shocked by other people, my naivety in life is a constant source of entertainment to those close to me.
Yesterday afternoon whist driving my eldest daughter from school, I asked if I could please have piece of chocolate ( I know, it's a surprise that someone as sweet as me should need it, but there we go!). She undid the wrapper, folded it neatly around the chocolate so I could hold it without getting chocolate on my finders and passed it to me. I almost did an emergency stop, what was she doing? My father always did that for me when I would chauffeur him around. At the time I thought it was kindness but looking back he probably didn't want chocolate finger marks on his walnut dash and leather interior.
Come to think of it I don't recall any of my parents cars ever resembling the state of mine inside.
Then there's our friends who have been together 23 years, always smiling.
She's left him, told him one day, divorce papers arrived the next!! Not only that but she moved straight in with another man....Gasp, shock, horror! Even left the children behind!! (Sharp intake of breath).
Now don't get me wrong I am in no way criticising, I don't know and don't wish to know all the facts, it's just it has shocked me.
Then there's Shirl, after years of wanting a Mercedes sports, she has actually bought one. Last time she went to buy one she came home with a Vauxhall Vectra, that was more worrying than shocking though, lets be honest.
Last night I took Jazz, my middle daughter to watch some of her friends in the school 'Stars in their Eyes' competition. My lady that does was there to watch her daughter too. Her daughter and friend sang a duet based on 'Lucky Twice' and were dressed in a stripey T-Shirts and pretty skirts. These normally shy girls sang in perfect tune, did nice co-ordinated arm movements and it was lovely. I was truly amazed at their confidence.
Oh, but then, there was the star of the show, ten years old singing 'Son of a Preacher Man'...is that appropriate for a ten year old?
The young man, again ten years old gyrating and grinding his hips like Mica!!
One young lady dressed as Dolly Parton with huge false breasts!! This is all in a Primary School!!! Truly, truly shocking.
And finally this morning I had a forwarded email from a friend, clearly illustrating how she has been the victim of cyber bullying. I was disgusted and not only shocked at it's contents but shocked at how angry I felt about it.
I guess the biggest shock of the day will be when our friends arrive this afternoon after a month in Australia. We've really missed them. We have looked after their Gerbils, Stick Insects and Fish here in this very house. Not once have I wrenched any of them from the jaws of the cat. That their pets have survived will be truly, truly shocking for them.