When I saw Rhod Gilbert ( comedian ) with Roy and Caroline the other night, my carer G came with me. The show was entitled The Book of John, and was basically about the all the daft ( albeit unintentional ) wisdom spouted by his driver, John.
As I watched it, I thought a lot about the parallels between John and G, my carer, who is absolutely lovely but also not necessarily always… er… factually correct about things.
This morning for example she said ‘ the wind has got really strong, hasn’t it?’ I said something and then she added ‘ that’s because of all the new leaves on the trees’
I said ‘ what do you mean, it’s cos of all the new leaves?’
She said ‘ well the leaves make the wind stronger. because of all the movement of the branches and leaves ‘
I said ‘ I’m pretty sure that’s not how wind gets stronger ‘
G said ‘ you don’t know much, do you! The leaves act like propellers and make the wind stronger. Everyone knows that! ‘
Me – ‘ wind is caused by the flow of air from high pressure areas to low pressure areas, and anything in the way gets blown around, but doesn’t make the wind stronger ‘
She said ‘ no, you aren’t right’
I said, laughing ‘ I think I am… are you saying then that if everyone hangs out their sheets to dry, it gets really windy, as the sheets flap and accelerate the wind?’
At that point I think G began to doubt her own just prior absolute conviction that she was a semi professional meteorologist….
Blimey, she does genuinely make me laugh, bless her.