Had a great day Saturday. Had a few hours catch up, with my oldest and dearest friend, Ramona. Ramona came to our Wedding and we don't get to see each other as often as we would like, but as friends do, we always start off, where we last left.
Ramona and I went to University together, so she has always been in my life, one of my longest friends, since 1992, 23 years. She has always been a rock for me and has always helped both myself and Jason out whenever she can!
We popped out to The Chilworth Arms, a Gastro Pub, on the out skirts of Southampton. I had never been there before, but Ramona assured me the food was excellent, and I wasn't disappointed. The food was bloody excellent to be honest. We will definitely go there again.
I had what I usually have, Steak and Ale Pie, (Who ate all the pies, yes I know, don't start). This pie, I can safely say was the nicest, most tasty pie I have ever eaten, and I have eaten a few pies in my time, as you can tell!
I had a request! I wanted to go to 'Sprinkles', after The Chilworth Arms. I had never been to one before. In fact, the only Gelato, I have ever been too, was in Sorrento, Italy and the Ice Cream there is to die for!
As I have mentioned in this blog before, Ramona has been going through her own problems, interestingly, very closely related, to what I and my partner am going through. Even odder still for probably the same length of time.
Ramona is a Social Worker and she understands Bipolar very well, having spent time with clients, myself as well as others close to her heart who sufferers fro this debilitating illness. She has always offered advice, and me being me, have always turned the other way. Nothing personal, just my stubborn nature!
As we sat down to eat lunch, talk, as it always does turned to pressing matters, closely related to both Ramona and us.
Ramona resigned from her position recently, as she could not take it anymore. Ramona is a hard worker and was being treated in such an appalling way. It was sad to see, when I last saw her. Luckily she has a new temporary job and I know she will work hard enough, to show her worth, as we all do try in life.
Asking us how everything is going, is like asking if Ice Cream will always melt. Same old, for us. She mentioned how shocked she was to hear of our plight, especially together, and inevitably the spectre of homophobia raised its ugly head.
We do not like to talk too much about what lies behind where we are today and have ruled nothing out, but for the moment we are firmly behind efforts to end this dreadful time in our life as soon as possible and will not fault anybody so far.
People who know us well enough, can see two people, who were and could still be bought to the point of suicide. Jason is suffering more than I now and only time will tell, just how good the outcome will be for us both!
Romona offered words of comfort, which is all anyone can do at the moment, but, in time words from whatever quarter will turn into deeds, that is when we will know for sure, if there is any turning back for the two of us!
Sprinkle the love!
Peace and Love Always!