It’s not for want of trying. I swear. I would have made the trek to West End pretty much once a week over the past 8 months, looking for him … and our paths have NEVER crossed!
I was out to lunch with my son yesterday and after lunch I suggested we look for Bill, at a different time to what I usually search for him. I had been told that he now takes refuge under a building in a nearby street. I found him there, lying on his bed.
I wasn’t going crazy! Over the past few months he had moved on to another suburb, due to the extreme amount of construction work being done in West End. Wow, it really is noisy down there. I would have moved too with all the noise that sinking those high-rise footings makes. Bill assured me he is back now, for good, back into his art by the river, and for the time being, living under this building until the new tenants take over upstairs. We arranged to meet at his usual spot this morning as I wanted to give him some Christmas goodies from my family.
Son and I went shopping for all his favourites yesterday and I set out early this morning to find Bill, as he informed me that his hours by the river are now 4am – approx 7am, depending on how hot it gets.
He wasn’t there at 5.30am, 6am, at 7am. I spoke to the kind lady at the local takeaway shop, who minds his money for him (as his scant belongings often get stolen), and she alluded to the fact that, ‘things are up and down’. Bill’s demeanour is unpredictable at times. Things are up and down. That’s the nature of the business. She’s a kind soul. She has given him blankets and food and bought his artwork. It’s all she can do. I told her to not take it personally. It’s the nature of the business.
So I’m home again now, about to take little one to his last day at school and then big son and I are going BACK to West End so I can deposit these goodies. If it takes me all damn day.
Little one had the most joyous day yesterday. The instructions from school were to come in your togs, armed with a water pistol. They played water games all day. How cool is that? He came home deliriously tired with green team war paint (and a big smile) all over his face. Today is ‘optional’ at school. They don’t have to go if they don’t want to. Son looked mortified when I suggested that he stay home today to save me some driving. Of course he wants to go … so I am driving all over the place today! #mylifeinthecar
I’ll let you know how I go with Bill.
A few readers have asked me to link back to old posts I wrote about Bill. Not all of them came over to WordPress from Blogger for some reason. I can find them in the back end of my site but just a white screen comes up when you click on ‘View Post’? I sort of wrote snippets about in him in most of my posts, when I was living in West End, as I either ran past him or rode past him almost every day. We shared a comfortable banter almost daily. I miss living down there, I really do.
Here are a few posts that did come over to my new blog:
- ‘Local Talent’ 15/2/11
- ‘What’s Bill Up To?’ 12/7/11
- ‘Good Things’ 2/8/11
- ‘Yesterday’ 12/8/11
- ‘Honestly?’ 8/9/11
- ‘Real Life Lessons’ 16/10/11
- “Tree’s Up and Other Stories’ 13/11/11
- ‘School’s Out’ 1/12/11
- ‘Yesterday’ 16/12/11
- ‘Christmas Cheer’ 19/12/11
- ‘The Things I Loved About Living In West End’ 15/2/12
- ‘I Went To See Bill’ 17/2/12
- ‘Yesterday’ 2/3/12
- ‘Bill’ 23/5/12
PS. Sorry about the spacing and formatting in this post. Something happened in an update and I can’t for the life of me work out how to make the final post version look like it does in the back end. xx