The lady of the manor loves the Darling Buds of May, ITV1 seem to run old episodes periodically and you can guarantee when they do that our PVR will soon be full with recordings. It has to be one of the ultimate feel good programs doesn’t it? A breath of fresh air in a generally depressing and bleak world of TV, the tweets about Eastenders alone are enough to make me reach for a bottle of something highly alcoholic.
But ma and pop? They’ve got life figured out haven’t they? Always enjoying the now, not worrying about money/careers/a bigger house/new car and every other thing that fills our brains every day. They certainly don’t count calories or go on diets, they’re alcohol consumption must exceed the recommended daily allowance and all they’re meat is most definitely free range!
But what is clear is that they know what IS important, family always comes first, Pop would do anything to help his children and make sure that they are happy. They are also always aware when friends and neighbours need their help, even if it’s simply some company and a friendly face.
All of this though I think can be boiled down to a simple concept; karma. You reap what you sow and all those other wise sayings. Be positive, be nice to people, smile and say hello as you pass someone in the street, help someone in their time of need, cook a friend a hot meal when they’re having a rough time or their children are sick. Because you can guarantee if you do when you come to need help or support people will then gladly give it. When they spot a job opening they’ll think of you. When they have too many apples from their tree they’ll offer them to you. You know, what goes around, comes around.
It’s a simple concept, but represents exactly how life should be and still is in some communities. But it feels like it’s being lost in our towns and cities especially. It doesn’t have to be.
So this fool says screw the big society, let’s live like the Darling Buds of May.