Peter: How long have you got before you have to be back at work?
Maggie: About half an hour. We've got time for a coffee, I think. When do you start work again? How long have you been off now?
Peter: It's been seven weeks since the accident. But I'm doing well. The doctor says I should be ready to go back to work in another couple of weeks.
Maggie: Are you still not sleeping well? I must admit you look a lot more relaxed than the last time I saw you.
Peter: I really am doing fine. I'm sleeping okay and my broken ankle is mending fine. I just feel a few twinges when I move a bit too quickly, but that's okay. And I'm getting bored at home, so that's a sign that it's time to go back to work. My company has been really good and told me not to go back until I'm perfectly well. They've been so supportive since the accident.
Maggie: And so they should be! So, what have you been doing to relax? I know you find just sitting doing nothing very difficult. Have you been watching a lot of TV?
Peter: No! Not at all! One of the doctors I saw at the hospital had a brilliant idea for getting patients to relax. Let me show you what I've got in my bag.
Maggie: Whatever is that?
Peter: What does it look like?
Maggie: A ball of red wool, a pair of knitting needles and a half knitted scarf! Oh, don't tell me you've taken up knitting. I don't believe it! What a tedious waste of time
Peter: Don't knock it till you've tried it. Have you ever tried to knit anything?
Maggie: Me? Knitting? No way! My grandma used to knit. But who knits these days? It's so old-fashioned and out of date.
Peter: As I said, don't knock it. It is great therapy. My sister is under a lot of stress at work. There’s a new boss in the office who's giving everyone a hard time. She saw me knitting and how much it calmed me down, so she and three other girls have taken it up. And it’s really working. All four of them feel calmer when they’ve spent half an hour knitting.
Maggie: But you could buy a scarf for a few dollars in a shop.
Peter: You've really not understood have you? It isn't about the scarf. It's about doing something that really mentally relaxes you.
Maggie: I'll believe you. Thousands wouldn't.
Peter: Scoff all you want. Knitting works for me - I enjoy it and it really makes me relax. Now, when I've finished this scarf, I'll knit one for you. What colour would you like?