for my father. He needs it for waxing something or other out in the shed. I promised to get one when I went to the Post Office. Easy!
The supermarket was out of candles. Yes, they were planning to get more but they did not know when. The newsagent had one but it was a red one, left over from Christmas. As it was also $5.99 I left it there.
Then I tried our local version of one of those cheap "reject" type shops. They had pink, silver and a green that was (supposedly) scented like pine.
While I was in there two elegant women in shalwar kameez came in. This is still an unusual sight in our area. As there was no shop assistant in sight they approached another well dressed woman obviously looking for help. I will not repeat what she said to them. Suffice to say it was rude in the extreme.
I was close enough by then so I said, "I'll be happy to help if I can. What were you looking for?"
They wanted elastic. They had been to the charity shop believing it to be a habydashery store and been sent on here. I showed them where to find the haberdashery section and they thanked me politely. I went on my way, still without a candle.
I was about to pedal home when I remembered that I had promised to stop at the charity shop as well.
There on the counter was a small, white candle still in cellophane wrapping. I did what needed to be done. Then I handed over 50c and went home with the candle.