Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Definitely one of those days

Got home from prison via Tesco's to be greeted by Younger Son. 'Do you know how to change a fuse?'
'Um, yes, but ...'

The fusebox is high up in the shed; it's dark and cold; and I'm not entirely sure I know how to.

So we've got a dark upstairs for tonight. That's okay. We can cope.

Tomorrow is another day. (Said with Deep South drawl.)

* * * * * * * * * *

For the last weeks I've been working with prisoners to produce some pieces to be read at the carol service next week. Today we had our final rehearsal. Because the chapel is being renovated, the service will be happening in the visiting area, so the chaplain took us over there for a dry run.

I started out with 3 volunteers; I've ended up with 2 completely different men. Watching them standing up and reading tonight I got quite emotional, and I don't do emotion. Next week on Monday and Tuesday they'll be doing it for real in front of 120 people each evening. That'll be a mix of invited guests, from volunteers to 'important ' people like the Lord Lieutenant, and prisoners, some of whom will be hoping for a laugh if their mates make a mess of it. 'My boys' will need extra courage next week.

Although I'm not sure why I'm worrying about them: one at least is in for violent crime and they're both able to take care of themselves! But they're such lovely boys.


Dr. Stu said...

Get rid of that antiquated UK 'blowing-wire' fusebox!

Replace it with a German fusebox which has resettable trip switches for each sub-circuit.

Just a one-time expense up front, but you'll be grateful every time a fuse 'goes'. The reset takes seconds, rewiring a melted UK fuse-wire often ten minutes :-(

Nancy said...

I don't "do emotion" either. What a wonderful way of saying just that. Good luck with your fuse. I like the pictures of good old Georg with his head in different items. Very funny. What kind of Southern Drawl are you talking about? Is there a southern drawl in the UK?

Liz said...

I know, stu. You told me that last time I talked about changing a fuse. Husband said, 'Next year ...'

A Scarlett O'Hara drawl, Nancy.

CherryPie said...

You worry about them because you want them to turn out alright.

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