Friday, 12 December 2014

A Mince Pie In The Vestry

The Church's East Window , illuminated by a cold winter sky

I'm working later this evening , so am off for a siesta in a moment.
It's midday, which is, I know, an odd time for a  sleep, but I will need to be up around dusk which is around 4 pm to lock the animals away.
Chris has taken himself off to Manchester Christmas shopping with an old friend, leaving me to sort out the slow cooker and mulled wine for the Church carol service tonight.
In between hailstone showers I took the stuff over to the vestry. After turning on the central heating, I was just leaving when I literally bumped into a couple of amblers in their sixties who were standing rather uncertainly on the Church path.
" Is the Church open? " the man asked hopefully
" I'm only putting on the central heating" I told them in way of explaination
" oh what a shame, The Churches in Gwaenysgor and Llanasa have been open when we have visited" the wife said.
Of course , I let them in to look around the little church,and switched on the lights to cheer the place up somewhat. As they pottered around I made sure that the slow cooker was polished and clean and as I waited I dusted the back bookcase, and vestry cupboards even though they didn't need dusting .
After around five minutes or so , I took a look back in the Church. The wife was standing quietly by the font at the back of the Church as her husband sat stock still in the very front pew with his head bowed.
" Everything ok?" I whispered, in way of galvanising them to think about leaving
and the  wife turned to me and said with rather a sad half smile " No not really"

It wasn't for me to say anything else.....I just nodded and went to sit in the vestry to eat one of Chris' bought Marks and Spencer mince pies next to the vacume cleaner.

The couple left shortly after, leaving a kind of melancholy feeling about the place.




28 comments:

  1. It was kind of you to let them in...obviously they needed the peace of the place.

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  2. Oooh dear... must have been bad...

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    1. We shall never know
      Sometimes best not to

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  3. You're a good man John. "Be kind to all you meet....everyone is fighting some type of battle".

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  4. Makes you wonder about the untold story but your patience was a help.

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  5. I have been thinking lately how we ask that question- Everything all right? You doing okay?
    Because we want the answer to be yes.
    But dammit, it just isn't always the answer we get.

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  6. A real act of Christmas kindness on your part.

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  7. If all the world had your depth of kindness, we would be in heaven on earth. Thank you, John.

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  8. Visiting different churches...makes you wonder...thanks for being you and not giving them the bums rush...

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  9. I'm glad they encountered a kind soul like you in the midst of their troubles.

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  10. Apropos of nothing, and by way of enhancing your mood, a question I have long been meaning to ask you: Why do you feed your chickens dog food? It's disgusting. Not that I doubt dogs' taste in dog food.

    To me - as a potential eater of your freshly laid eggs - the thought is I don't know, let's say challenging. A bit like when you gently tap a soft boiled egg to be greeted with the taste of the fish meal that constituted the layer's diet.

    Quails' eggs greetings,
    U

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    1. Chickens are naturall omnivores
      Once a year they moult..... They also need an extra boost in winter..so occasionally they need a treat of the occasional tin of dog food.
      Happy christmas Ursula

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    2. Ps... Free range hens eat insects, mice, moles, chicks, small birds btw

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  11. Mayhap their visit was something in the nature of a stop on a pilgrim's route, and the honesty of the answer a thank you for your kindness.

    Mr. Marshmallow Heart. Not a bad thing to be at all.

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  12. Let's hope they got some comfort from the visit whatever their troubles John.

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  13. When the Dali Lama was asked what his religion was, he replied 'kindness'. Seems he is not the only one. A good way to be.

    If you need more mince pies, Aldi's are half the price and every bit as good!

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  14. Where ever I travel, I always stop at a church, some time quite a few.
    The quiet, the beauty, the windows, alter and the history.
    If possible I light a candle for my Mum and my Baby Daughter and say a prayer.
    If possible leave a donation for the peace and quiet the church has given me.

    cheers, parsnip

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  15. It was a good thing to do. Hope you had a good siesta after.

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  16. John, you are right. My chickens would eat me if they spied a drop of blood. They are modern day dinosaurs. BTW, my chickens love the soft canned cat food I feed the barn cats. Can't keep them away from it. You are a sweet, sweet man.

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  17. Sometimes the best thing we can do is enquire, allow the other person to answer honestly and let the rest go.

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  18. You are a very kind person John, hope you got your nap.
    Twiggy

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  19. I would have to take a pill to sleep during midday. I don't envy your hours.

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  20. You are such a lovely man. Thank you for being yourself.

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  21. So much for thinking I was done crying.......your thoughtfulness did me in.....again. I will have to point out that they are good tears, not sad ones.
    I find that I've been needing some alone moments lately too. I hope the couple found the comfort they were seeking. You are a good man.
    Thank you for your kind words and the lovely poem last week, it touched my heart.

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  22. Thank you for being there when they needed you,

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  23. They will remember your kindness.

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  24. How touching and sad. I am now writing scenarios in my head. So glad you were there to let them spend some time.

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  25. I always try to remember the saying: Be kind; everyone's going through something...

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