It didn’t feel like one at 1 o’clock when, having just switched the light off, I remembered it was the week of the 8 a.m. service, when I, being sidesman, need to arrive at 7.30. With an apology to the Sage, I switched the light back on and altered the alarm clock.
So the day restarted at 6.30. Two people arrived for the service (sidesman, read both lessons too), as well as Revd Sue. “Did you find my message on your answering machine last night?” she asked. I admitted that when I got in at 11, I hadn’t listened to it. She was sorry to have to ask, but could I play the clarinet for the baptism at 12.30 please? Yes, I could.
Home at 9, breakfast and a look at the paper, back to church at 10, service at 11 (played the organ), service at 12.30 – can’t complain, because Sue fitted in a 9.30 service in another parish. And she’s a non-stipendiary (that means unpaid) member of the clergy, so she’s not even doing what she’s paid to.
Yes, barking mad. All of us.
Oh, did I mention the funeral service that she took and I played for, on Friday?
This afternoon, I will do bugger all. And I might just swear a lot. At present, the halo is shining a bit too bright and I’m even boring myself.