Speaking of Lollipop men--or women, our friends, Chris, Eileen and Nel-Rose Ashton drove all the way down from Kendal, in the Lake District to visit today. Eileen is indeed a Lollipop lady.
"I get fan mail, you know," said Eileen with a smile. Envelopes arrive with messages saying, "Thank you for keeping me safe," and "I love you." Not every job elicits such appreciation or adoration.
For a job that is paid at minimum wage, the responsibility and risk is huge. Traffic is supposed to stop at the raising of the lollipop, but doesn't always. Imagine the daily pressure.
I remember when Eileen first took over from the previous lollipop lady. That lady's lollipop used to change colours in her imagination daily and the children would ask Eileen each day, "What colour is your lollipop today?" It was all too much! Eileen's no nonsense lollipop changes colour only once a week! :)