I returned to work about twenty years ago, my first job on my return was in a small local post office, I remember Helen my boss put a notice on the counter window saying this post office will be observing the two minutes silence there was only three of us Helen, her husband and me but we observed the silence. In later years Helen and her husband divorced and a a couple of years later Helen had a new partner. That particular morning the notice went up and post office which had a queue mostly elderly getting their pensions - in the days of books with dockets in! Helen and I stopped and the queue stopped, the young mum with two young children put her finger to her lips as the little child spoke. Then when work resumed again and the queue died down, Helen's new partner came to the counter and asked quizzically what was that all about........ I couldn't believe what he had just asked! I was stunned, shocked someone not knowing........ Helen made some excuse, but quite honestly it was no excuse, she was just making excuses for him. (He didn't know what the Mary Celeste was either.) I asked if he went to school...........
My second job was in a craft shop. I observed the silence as I used to in my own way, then after a while I was beginning to open the shop and spending the mornings on my own until the owners came in at lunchtime. The November before I left work, before the shop was sold I sorted all the cross-stitch kits out. The stand was directly opposite the door quite prominent. So I sorted the kits putting the ones with poppies on on the front, and to fill up the spaces anything with bright red on. The stand stood like that till the shop was sold at the end on November. One customer even complimented us on our little show of poppies, the bosses didn't notice about the stand until it was pointed out to them, I took the compliment quietly as they had thought the other two staff had done as they were always sorting and tidying.
I will be observing the hour again today whilst doing my chores and listening to radio.
I did a post about my grandfathers