In Search of Oldton

I see Nancy living in the last house at the end of road.

It is here that she builds her bonfires and tries to make peace with her past. The smoke from her pyre could probably be seen from Sue's tourist boat on a clear day. But then fires would appear to be a regular occurence in Oldton.

Next door to Nancy lives Carl's grandma. We don't know much about her, except that Carl loved her very much. Do we need to know any more than that?

All of our gravestones - if we have them - will more than likely describe us as loving parents or as grandparents, *not* as the world's greatest accountant or quantity surveyor. Perhaps my dad chose to be cremated precisely because there was nothing important to inscribe on his tomb.

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