As I See It

A cold and a Christening

Annas cake

Bloody typical, isn’t it? You work all week feeling totally fine, then 5pm Friday arrives and the first sniffles arrive.

I don’t know if it’s a proven fact but I reckon your body knows when it’s time to wind down. And when you’re at your most vulnerable, the wee infections being sneezed around on the commute grab hold!

Super Fast Saturday

So the short version is that I got the cold and spent most of the weekend bunged up. Saturday just kind of passed by without me stepping across the door. Sometimes though, it’s nice to just chill on the couch. Even if by chilling, I mean blowing my nose every three minutes.

Joggin’ with Jesus

Waking up on Sunday, I knew I was feeling even worse but we also had our second daughter Anna’s Christening to prepare for. Fun.

As it turned out, we had a great day. I managed to consign my man-flu to the back of my mind for a few hours and actually be a contributing member of the day’s festivities.

I’m not particularly religious any more and I’ve definitely never been a Catholic (my wife and children are all RCs) but you know – I really dig the sense of community at the local chapel. St. Vincent de Paul’s RC Church in East Kilbride has a strong congregation and is almost always a sell out on Sunday mornings.

Father Ivan Boyle is the Priest there and has now overseen our wedding and the Christenings of both our children. I dunno, I guess I just think that’s nice.

The (Good) Simple Life

And instead of going to a fancy hotel or a bar for the reception, we stayed in the church hall (which btw, has a very well equipped bar!). For a donation to Mary’s Meals and the church, some volunteers from the congregation did an awesome buffet, manned the bar and let us use the music facilities.

All our guests enjoyed themselves, enjoyed the simple food and the joyfully simple bar prices.

So I guess the lesson is; family, friends, community and simplicity all trump spending money for materialistic appearances.

Annas Christening

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