Hi, if we were having a coffee this week, mine would be a Double Chocolate Cookie Frappuccino with a shot of peppermint syrup.
The week started with my Grandad’s funeral. For a non-religious person, it was probably a bit more religious than he would have liked, but other than that it went about as well as a funeral can. I was asked to do a bible reading.
Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.
I was struggling a little bit with verses 2 and 3, especially 3. I didn’t know whether there was going to be a bible open for me to read from, so I wrote it out myself adding some more punctuation and breaking the sentences to make it easier for me. I managed that bit when it came to it, although it was a good job I had my own writing because the bible writing was tiny and I went to the lectern and couldn’t see the part I was supposed to be reading anyway.
Apparently my Auntie liked my shoes. They’re the most expensive footwear I own and they only come out to go to church or interview. The first person to see them said they looked like school shoes. The biggest logistical problem for me was that I couldn’t find my suit jacket. Turns out that it was in a pile of clothes I’d checked four times. It shouldn’t even have been in a pile, because that meant that it was creased.
I actually learnt some things about my Grandad. I knew he had a sailing background, but didn’t realise he went backwards and forwards to Canada, for example. I didn’t know how he met my grandmother.
I think the most warming thing for me, though, was seeing the picture of him on the front of the order of service, stood against a wall in front of the pyramids in Egypt, smiling and looking well. It had made me remember things that I’d forgotten about him, actually his building of things including a battery powered train for my bother and I, and a hand built chess set of moulded pieces stored in a big wooden box with the board on top. My memories of him are of him as someone who built stuff.
The rest of the week has been fairly quiet. At work, it’s been Independence Day week in America which limited my interaction with that side of the Atlantic, meaning that I had more productive afternoons.
I was out this afternoon and heard the air show in Southport. Last year that did some fake explosions on the beach and made kids cry. This year they did the same, although I’m not sure about the crying kids this time. It was weird being in the town and hearing the noise. Being in a place where the explosions and the shots are live must be horrific.
I got a fortune cookie last night. I’ve been out most the weekend, so it was nice to spend a bit of it in and that was last night.
I was trying to think what my old wishes were. I know one or two, but the fact that they haven’t come true means that I doubt they will, and I don’t know whether that makes me a pessimist or a realist. I remember an account I follow in Instagram once had a caption that read, “If you dream a thing more than once, it’s sure to come true.” The kicker to that is that it doesn’t set a time frame, and neither does my cookie fortune. It’s playing it safe.
This made me laugh:
I got new Pokémon. Standard Squirtle Squad:
Shiny Squirtle Squad (as well as standard shinies):
And some others:
I think that’s about it. I hope next week is easy and exciting for you.