“You should always avail of the free coffee here,” Frau Bienkowski said. “Sure, why wouldn’t you?”
“I did,” I assured her. “I had a latte downstairs. It was delicious.”
“Good,” she said, looking at me closely. “Now, this is a dress I haven’t seen before! It’s lovely!”
“Thank you!” I said and admired her pastel-coloured floral two-piece.
Outside, thick snowflakes were swirling in the air. “It’s such a shame about the weather,” said Frau Bienkowski.”I still have to give you a tour of the grounds.”
“And you promised to tell me the story behind the funny little statue outside,” I said.
“Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten!”
“How have you been sleeping?”
“Not well,” said Frau Bienkowski. “The other night I was awake the whole night. When the alarm went off at 7 o’clock I just couldn’t face getting up. So when the first lady came in, I had to think of some reason to stay in bed, so I told her I had a headache.”
“She asked me where,” Frau Bienkowski continued, smiling wickedly. “So I waved my hand about and said from front to back. Of course they got the doctor to check up on me. Then they took my blood. And of course I’d a perfect reading.”
I laughed. “Would you not tell them you’ve trouble sleeping?”
“Ach, I told you before, I haven’t been able to sleep since my husband died. And that was a long time ago.”
“Do you listen to the radio or watch TV in the evenings?” I asked.
“Oh yes,” said Frau Bienkowski. “I only watch television in the evenings. But listen to this; the other day a message to turn down my TV came from a lady all the way down the corridor. There was no way she could have heard it. I even asked my next-door neighbours if they could hear my TV. They couldn’t. Sure we are all hard of hearing here.”
“Difficult neighbours can be found everywhere!” I said.
“That they can,” she said. “Now, tell me about these CD players.”
“Well, I did a price check,” I told her. “And the ones with the decent speakers are about €50. The smaller ones with low quality speakers are around €30, but you wouldn’t be able to hear from bed if we plug it in over there.”
“We’ll have to wait so” said Frau Bienkowski. “I spent €12.50 on that coffee jug last week,” so I can’t afford to spend any more money for a while.”
Frau Bienkowski looked at the clock. “Be careful you’re not late for your night shift!”
“Don’t worry, I’ve my eye on the time,” I told her.
“How long are you working tonight?” she asked.
“Until 2.30 in the morning,” I said. “When I’m on my way home, you’ll be awake in bed, hopefully with the radio on.”
“Yes,” she said.
How right she is! They have landed real gold with you. You leave a sparkle wherever you go.
I’ve landed gold with her too 🙂 You leave more than a sparkle where you go, Bewunder. You can light up a room ❤