Every year we hold a church service on a Sunday near All Souls Day, for remembrance of loved ones and to comfort the bereaved. Invitations are sent out and it’s well supported. People can light candles, and most do. I didn’t, myself – it isn’t part of my ‘thing’ – that is, I don’t object and I sometimes have, but more because it would sometimes make me stand out not to and that would be unfriendly. It’s all part of the ‘having been to a Roman Catholic school’ thing I suppose; to me, lighting a candle for prayer or in remembrance is a Catholic thing and not mine. I don’t mind, it just doesn’t mean anything. Today, I skulked at the back and so not lighting up wasn’t noticed.
Last winter I never got the church heating quite right (we don’t rely on candles). I had actually been given slightly misleading advice, which has now been clarified. So I turned it up full pelt for today and people were almost too warm. I’ve moderated it slightly now – should keep something in reserve for really cold weather. I also had to alter the time clock for the change to BST. I’ve no idea how. but I managed to make it think it was Saturday. It took quite some time to persuade it to change again. This is, of course, a Good Thing, because now I understand a bit more about how the system works. Yes, I am a relentless optimist. There is always a silver lining. Well no, actually there isn’t – but one can still choose how to react to most situations.