I've had quite a lot of headaches lately, which has kept me away from the computer, although I make an effort to get the Weekend Words post on each week. The head is good today, so I'm doing a bit of a catch up.
Had Marnie staying last weekend. We had a nice relaxed time, watching DVDs, knitting, going for a walk, eating fish and chips, and cake!
The story is told of a man from the big city who moved to the country. It happened that the house and lot he bought were right in the middle of a community of plain people. The big-city man was a bit apprehensive about these bearded men who had no power lines connected to their buildings and who drove to town behind the clip-clop of horse hooves. But he assured himself that they looked gentle enough, and he had always heard that although they were different, they were quite harmless.
He was reassured on moving day when one of his plain neighbours showed up to help him unload his many belongings. The neighbour's strong back and willing muscles came in handy, as without comment he helped carry in the usual North American assortment of electrical appliances and labour-saving, comfort producing gadgets. That evening before leaving for his home, the plain man motioned towards all the appliances he had helped unload, and said to the big-city man, "Now if any of these things break down, don't hesitate to let me know, and I'll come over."
The man from the big-city was completely taken by surprise, but quite pleased. "Oh, that's nice," he exclaimed. "Do you fix things?"
"No," said the plain man. "I have no idea how to fix these things. But I will be happy to show you how to live without them."
"...- to live simply, dress plainly, travel slowly, and to do good work - these are my imperfect attempts to submit to the will of God."
Hope I can get back to you sooner, rather than later :)