HUMANS OF MOTO
Moto’s wealth lies in it’s people; their diversity and their rich stories and experiences.
Read some stories of the Humans of Moto and celebrate our wonderful community.
A LATTE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY
I heard about Terry long before I met him. Mr Moto would come home at night and quiz me about a question in The Age that he and Terry were musing over. Occasionally I would hear about the latest round of an animated political debate the two would have. I remember being quite surprised when, at last I met Terry that he was a slight senior gentleman with bright eyes and a peak cap. Was this the same man who captivated Mr Moto with stories of his time as an aircraft draftsman in the UK, or tales of his adventures all over the UK and Europe on an original British made Royal Enfield?
Every day at the same time Terry arrives at Moto, making a bee line for the Age. Without realising it, Terry has been instrumental in building our beautiful community. Each day he will talk to someone new; a Mum with a newborn, a couple walking their dog, a retired brigadier and his wife eating lunch or an adventure motorcyclist on his or her way to the Peninsula. Those of you who have been to Moto a few times would certainly have seen Terry if not met him.
For some time, Terry’s morning coffee has been getting later in the day. He is taking things a bit slower these days because (as he reminds me) he turns 90 this year. While his age has not slowed him much, there was something troubling Terry. He was lonely. He wanted company. As we talked, he was reminded of when he was a child and had a cat. “I’d quite like another cat” he mused.
Me, being the Crazy Cat Lady I am, saw this as a challenge. With the speed of a startled gazelle, I collected the Moto kids in the car and off we went to the pound. After immersing ourselves in the kitten enclosure and overdosing on cuteness for a bit we met some of the senior cats looking for forever homes. They were all beautiful, but when we laid eyes on little 10-year-old Nutmeg, we knew she was the one.
Meanwhile Terry had been busy researching. He visited Nadine (another customer) and the crew at PetStock in Chelsea, he spoke to unsuspecting customers in the pet food isle at the supermarket and a local vet. He went to the 2nd hand book shop and found some books about caring for cats. He was all set to go!
Introducing Terry and Nutmeg was a highlight of the year for me. Terry’s eyes shone as he followed her from room to room of his house watching her explore. Along the way, the Moto kids and I had a guided tour of all his treasures, each attached to a memory of adventure and happiness in the history of his rich life. Photos of Terry as a young sun-kissed youth alongside his motorcycle in Scandinavia could be seen propped up next to the smiling faces of friends from all over the globe. Pictures of his son as a young pilot flying throughout Canada and Antarctica sat on the mantle piece next to a small collection of miniature aeroplanes of the models he had piloted during his career. Then there was the spare room which had a huge assortment of model aeroplanes which Terry had carefully constructed hanging at all heights from the ceiling. Proudly he declared, “We are aeroplane people you see?”
Terry is in for his coffee each morning; along with the quiz in the Age and some interesting chats. It’s when he gives me the latest news of Nutmeg though that his face lights up. I can’t help but think how lucky they are to have found each other!