Very conscious that Carenza is now in her third and last year of university, I took the opportunity to visit her. I had asked her if I should bring anything. The request was for a bedside table. I obtained one for a tenner from Emmaus. It was heavy.
When Carenza was a tiny baby, my friend Jennie asked “Where’d you get this little fairy one?”
It felt a bit like that as I followed Carenza round college. I could see people wondering what this dark, stumpy woman had to do with Carenza. I grinned at them in a friendly and witless manner. But in the end I proved my worth, managing to purchase a sandwich in Hall in spite of a melee of Diwali celebrations and Indian dancing. Nobody else could have done it.
But we still hadn’t managed to get the bedside cabinet up to her room.
Accompanying Carenza, I discovered the story of her day. There had been the elections for the new president of the college. I met the soon-to-be new president. She was lovely. Carenza’s time as president was nearly at a close. And running the elections had been a great deal of work.
Her friend, Chris, told her to get a rest.
I said, “Umm. There’s this bedside cabinet…”
He got it out of the back of my car and carried it to the lift. The lift was broken. He carried it to the third floor. He even offered to carry with it the bottle of spirits I was clutching (long story). While carrying the cabinet he also attempted to hold doors for us and was flawlessly polite.
Thank you, Chris. While there are people like you, the Spirit of Hugh Grant will never die.