February and Other Impossible Things
My grandparents were amazing people. They were intelligent, well educated and forward thinking people who never shied away from learning new things or embracing new technology and would always ask us “youngsters” questions about anything new - I remember my Grandpa asking me to explain how a fax machine worked for instance. It’s strange to think of fax machines being new. If I read a news item about one being discovered at the back of a neolithic cave dwelling I wouldn’t even raise an eyebrow. There was however one perplexing thing about my grandparents. To this day I lie awake thinking about it, and I still can’t figure out the thought process behind it.
I guess this must have started in about 1988 or so. They bought a new TV - remember when we all got rid of our big old wooden TV’s with their big push buttons or dials? They NEVER bought themselves new things so this was a huge deal. For some reason they still went with the “wood veneer” option - a thing I also don’t really understand. Are people supposed to think your TV is a naturally occurring one that you picked yourself from a farm and bore home proudly like you do with Christmas trees? I suppose the wood veneer is still preferable to the “TV cabinet”. I knew lots of people that had those. My favourite example was in the home of a slightly pretentious family. They kept the doors closed on the cabinet at all times as if to suggest that this was nothing more than a cocktail cabinet which would be opened at gatherings of their intellectual friends, and they would never allow something so plebeian as a TV in their home. Unfortunately the existence of the power cord appearing from the back and the gave it away somewhat, as did the wire to the aerial itself, though that was tastefully hidden behind a leather bound collection of works by Shakespeare (pristine and unopened I might add - I suspect they came free with the Sunday Times).
My grandparent’s TV had a little plastic pocket on the side for storage of the remote control and this is where my confusion comes in - they would keep the remote in there. Fair enough I hear you say, but why would you get up, get the remote, sit down, change the channel, and then get up again to replace it in it’s holster? You can see why that keeps me awake right? It does stuff to my brain.
This whole story was to get to the following point - they had a lovely new TV with all conveniences possible BUT they still weren’t quite getting the best out of it. And guess what? It’s the same with our building. We are so blessed that past generations had the foresight to create our All Saints building with such beauty and care, right in the centre of town with all the facilities we need. The very atmosphere is serene, warm and comforting and I always feel like I’m getting a hug when I walk through the door. And to get the absolute best from it we need to give it some TLC. Wasn’t that a long winded way of asking you all to come along tomorrow, Saturday 2 February between 10 am and 2 pm, and help with some cleaning! You don’t have to come for the whole thing, whatever you can do will be most appreciated. Just bring your favourite cleaning materials and, as my granny would say, “give it a jolly good turning out”. I’ll see you there!
Other activities going on this week are as follows
The Men’s Fellowship Dinner at 6 pm on Tuesday 5 February
Eucharist and OASIS Bible Study at 10 am on Wednesday
Parish Health Care Team on Thursday at 9:15 am
Craft Group on Thursday at 2 pm.