Monday. 5.30am. I was wide awake wondering why my body was behaving a certain way. Should I be worried?
Radio 4 was playing in the background. It was the shipping forecast. My favourite! Only because some of the places that I have lived in get a mention!!!
The Mhinisteir and I have a peculiar habit. The radio in our bedroom gets turned on at 10pm in time for the news every night and does not get turned off until about 8.30am the next morning!
The shipping forecast was followed by prayer for the day led by a Bishop from the Episcopal Church in Scotland and he mentioned the Edinburgh fringe festival. The moment Edinburgh got a mention my mind wondered away to the time when the Mhinisteir and I lived in Edinburgh.
I didn’t enjoy my time in that city. Nothing wrong with the city. It is a beautiful city. It was just me. I used to hate the month of August because of the Festival! It was busy everywhere and driving around was a nightmare. The Royal mile which was near where I worked was filled with tourists and was very noisy. The streets were filthy and dusty. On top of that my colleagues and I had to put up with a lone bagpiper on the opposite site of the road for one whole month every year!!!! For that reason I used to hate the bagpipes! Now when I hear the bagpipes, it makes me homesick!
I used to rush back home to the tenement flat that we were renting and shut myself in until the next morning.
My office was also near Edinburgh Castle and I used to look forward to the one o’clock gun. Strangely they have something similar in Nice! It reminded me to break off for lunch. I also liked Princess Gardens. The Mhinisteir and I sometimes met up for lunch there. At the weekends, we used to walk up and down Princess Street before stopping somewhere for a quick bite before heading to Church.
I was very happy when we left Edinburgh. I have since returned to Edinburgh as a visitor a handful of times and have always wondered how it will be to live there again.
On our way back from the Petertide Ordination, we had to have an overnight stay at Travelodge. Travelodge wasn’t my preferred choice but that was the only option available. After that stay, I have come a Travelodge convert!!!
Once we arrived in our room, I crashed into bed while the Mhinisteir catched up on the day’s news. We do not own a television in the Vicarage so It took the Mhinisteir quite a while to find the BBC NEWS Channel. By the way, It is by choice that we do not have a television. We also do not have any of the subscription channels like Netflix, AmazonPrime etc.
One of the main news headlines for that evening was the appearance of Sir David Attenborough at Glastonbury. I know Glastonbury is a music festival but nothing more. But what was Attenborough doing there? Didn’t know him to be a musician. Curiosity got the better of me and so I decided to sit up in bed and watch the news clip.
Sir David Attenborough was in Glastonbury to talk about climate change. He received such a warm welcome from the festival goers who were mostly young. A few were interviewed by BBC News and they all said that they found him so inspiring and that they had so much respect for him. Really? In this day and age when we have become youth obsessed??
Unfortunately, Churches are guilty of youth obsession too. EVERYTHING has to be centred around the young so much so that we have started singing action songs in some of our Churches! The mantra is that the youth are our future!!! Vicars need to have cute boyish looks and chiselled jaws in order to attract the young heathens.
If this is really the case why was Attenborough so well received in Glastonbury? He certainly looked his age with his shrivelled skin and a head full of silver hair.
It was his message that was attractive! We too in the Church have an attractive message. THE GOSPEL!!! Sadly, we no longer find it attractive ourselves and have started to idol worship the young.
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me” – Exodus 20:3