Thursday, April 30, 2009

Bleeding dog

George was due to go to the vet's later this afternoon to have his wound checked. I decided to walk him first to avoid getting his new dressing dirty straightaway.

We got to the adventure playground, George got wind of another dog and was off. By the time I caught up with him, the other dog's owner was walking towards me with George's dressing (which is more like a cast) in her hand.

And George's leg was bleeding again.

I've brought him home and bathed it. The staple is still there but obviously not doing what it's supposed to. Or maybe it would have done if George hadn't been such a maniac.

So, back to the vet's in a bit.

Is there a Creature in the Channel?

First there came Nessie, the mythical creature that’s said to live in Loch Ness; now there’ve been sightings of a Creature in the Channel!

Earlier this month a young couple walking on a seafront in northern France noticed a strange rapidly-moving object in the water. The man, who was filming boats passing in and out of Boulogne harbour at the time, managed to catch the creature on film before it disappeared a few seconds later. An amateur marine biologist, the man had never seen anything like this creature before and he contacted the Association of Maritime Research to try and find out what it was.

The AMR, which investigates strange marine phenomena, has since had reports from several people who’ve claimed to have seen a similar object in the English Channel. All witnesses agree that it – whatever it is – is gigantic and fast-moving.

The AMR is now calling for more witnesses to come forward so they can try to establish what, if anything, is inhabiting the English Channel. So if you’re on a ferry to France, or you live on the south coast of England, keep your eyes peeled as a reward is being offered for evidence leading directly to proof of this creature’s existence.

Go to the website
www.thechannelcreature.com to find out more or to report sightings.

Swine flu


I think it should be renamed to avoid public hysteria. Nobody could possibly panic about getting piglet flu.

And more cleaning: I am such a martyr

Cleaning the bathroom this morning. The job put off from Saturday when I got waylaid by kitchen spring cleaning. I forgot to tell you about the air freshener.

I'm not keen on air fresheners but when George gets wet and gets that wet-dog smell ... So anyway we've had this particular one in the kitchen for ages and it hasn't worked properly for ages either. It's one of those that squirts out a pong every so many minutes. Or it's supposed to.

I took it down on Saturday and said, 'Right, it's the bin for you, you useless thing,' but then parsimony made me open it up again. I jiggled things and twiddled things (and then did the same with the air freshener, bo boom - sorry, I just read about Les Dawson on Furtheron's blog) and it still wouldn't work. I opened it again for a final twiddle and was just twiddling the batteries ... batteries?

'Does this work by battery?'
'How else do you think it works?'
'Um, magic?'

So I recharged the battery and what do you know? It works properly!

And now I'm beginning to hate its smell.

But back to the bathroom.

I've managed to break the handbasin tap and the downstairs toilet seat, although I think I broke that initially at the weekend when I sat on it. I think I should stop cleaning for today.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Don't step on that beetle!

Top left: Common Mouse Ear (possibly)
Top right: Stork's Bill (possibly)
Bottom right: Cow Parsley (almost definitely)
Bottom left: pretty little purple flower, found on cliffs, very small and low-growing

I carefully stepped over a big black beetle crossing the cliff path. I said to George, 'That was a close one. If I'd stepped on it, it would have rained.'

George looked at me. 'If you step on a beetle, it rains?'

'Yes.'

'Did you just make that up?'

'No!' ................. 'I don't think I did.'

Part of the path came precariously close to the edge of the cliffs. George, quite unconcerned trotted off down the grassy side.

'George, George, come back. Come back, please!'

I, meanwhile, am too scared to even look down at him. I freeze; even my mouth freezes and I shout at him through gritted teeth, as if moving my lips will make me fall off the edge. 'GEORGE!'

Wednesday Writing - a little late and a little different

In 2004 the BBC launched a new series about family history. Called 'Who Do You Think You Are?', each episode featured a different celebrity searching for their roots.

On an obscure BBC channel after each WDYTYA episode there was an opportunity to see a couple of short (2 minutes max) digital films made by members of the public researching their family tree. I was fortunate enough to have the chance to make one of these films. I had applied to attend a digital film-making workshop prior to this but all the places had gone, but they considered my story had enough family history to make me a candidate for this particular workshop.

So, with nine others from all over the country, I set off for Milton Keynes for a week in a conference centre with the experts from the BBC digital film-making team. And all at the licence-payers' expense.

This film is my own personal result. It's available on the BBC website but I wanted to make it easier to access. We were each given copies of our films on video cassette so I've filmed it from the television - hence the poor quality. The original is top BBC quality. We were recorded in special sound booths and the music that is played on mine was written specially.

video

When the series was launched they previewed it on BBC breakfast television. A few days beforehand the BBC contacted me and asked if I'd be willing to travel to London to appear on the sofa with Natasha Kaplinsky (or whatever her name is), to talk about my film, an excerpt of which would be shown.

'Oo-er,' I said.

She (the BBC lady) said, 'Your film was by far the most powerful and we'd really like you to appear.'

How can a writer - especially one much used to rejection - say no after such a comment?!

So that's how I came to be in make-up with Matthew Pinsett and on the sofa with Natasha.

Oh, for goodness sake!

Surely I'm not the only person in the world not worried about swine flu? But on Radio 4 tonight, on PM (a news presentation and analysis programme) they played some calming music! And had this gentle voice telling us to picture a lovely garden scene with roses and peonies and birds etc etc.

They've cloned fluorescent dogs and the world's gone crazy.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Men in Suits again

Nick wrote a post last week entitled Men in Suits. He said, "I'm forever bemused by those line-ups of politicians, every one of them in their obligatory suits, except for the more informally dressed women. The chance of their all being honest, principled and conscientious is practically zero, yet there they are in their mandatory uniforms, trying to convince us otherwise."

He reminded me of an incident that happened some years ago when my children were still in secondary school. I was part of a prayer group that met to support the school, and when a number of Christian teachers were told about the group, they suggested that we met on school premises with them. That sounded like a great idea and so we went along.

At that time we had in our church a team of young people volunteering for a year. Part of their remit was to go into schools, do assemblies, take RE classes, put on concerts etc. they asked me if they could come along to a prayer meeting and introduce themselves to the teachers.

Now one of boys had long hair and another had a variety of piercings; when they asked the teachers about going into the school, one of the deputy heads present - a man who was also a local lay preacher - said, 'Oh, no! What kind of example would you be setting if we allowed you to stand up on stage in front of our pupils?'

I was so stunned I didn't say anything - which was just as well as I don't get mad often and I can't express it 'pleasantly'. One of our volunteers was very gracious and didn't push it, but simply prayed generally for the school.

But I couldn't believe that a 'man of God' would have judged on outward appearance instead of considering the example of service, humility, dedication and love of God that the team would have been demonstrating. I suppose he, in his tired wrinkled suit, would have preferred someone like the politicians that Nick mentioned in their smart suits with their false tongues.

Daughter was a polite, quiet, caring A* student but we got into battles with the school over her hair colour and skirt length. She was a credit to the school but they wouldn't see that. Both sons attended the school but chose to go elsewhere to sixth form college. Where individuality was appreciated.

I stopped attending the prayer group soon after that.

Monday, April 27, 2009

It must be against the law

Husband is working from home this week. At 6 o'clock he stopped working and went up the ladder to paint the drainpipe. At 6.15 someone from work phoned so, there he is up a ladder, on his mobile, sorting out a problem. If it's not illegal it's certainly stupid. The 1320 paving bricks have been delivered ready to be laid in the courtyard. The lady in the shop, when we ordered them, said, 'That's a lot; are you doing it yourselves?'
'No, Younger Son's doing it.'


He could play for Wales

So George now has a staple in his 1cm cut and a 30cm bandage.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Monochrome Maniacs


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Poor George!


We had to cut short our walk this afternoon as we noticed George had cut his back leg quite badly. Not that it seemed to bother him much. Not as much as the bandage does. Do you like the bandaging? I did it. I couldn't wash it as it was a bit gory and I pass out when there's blood around so Husband did that bit before pinning George down so I could bandage him.




Saturday, April 25, 2009

It's a good job my mother-in-law doesn't have a computer

I've just realised that I have spent all morning cleaning the kitchen and I've only done half. And not particularly well at that.

It's a good job my mother-in-law doesn't have a computer. If I knew she read my blog it would tell a very different story.

Saturday, 9 am. Began washing the skirting boards. Should be finished by lunchtime and then I'll set about cleaning the chimneys.

As it is she'd probably demand Younger Son be taken into care.

But I believe that a bit of dirt makes for healthier children.

Bored cleaning now.

Ouch!

Is it possible to break a finger through over-enthusiastic cleaning, do you think?

I intended to clean the bathroom but decided to do the dishes first and for some reason ended up spring-cleaning the kitchen.

Because I've made him get rid of the shed that was outside our back door Husband wants a shelf in the kitchen to keep essential tools 'and stuff', and while I was cleaning out a space I came across my shoe-cleaning basket.

To look at it you'd think we must be possessed of the shiniest shoes in the world. Much as I'd like to encourage that illusion honesty compels me to say that I never clean shoes.

Husband will occasionally polish his work shoes but apart from that ...

I blame Husband. My gramps always used to clean my shoes for me so I assumed Husband would take on that role. As it turned out I was the one who had clean the children's shoes for school. Huh!

But you know what it's like. You buy a pair of shoes and the girl says, 'Would you be interested in this special polish, especially made for your shoes that will keep them in shop-new condition?' She doesn't point out that it only applies if you actually use it, along with some elbow grease. But with a misplaced enthusiasm I think, yes, I'll look after these shoes if I have the right polish, and I buy some. At three times the price I could get it in the supermarket. And I take it home and put it in my shoe-cleaning basket. Where it stays. Like that tube of trainer gel. I must have had that for fifteen years and it's still unopened.

Honestly, who cleans trainers? (Now you're all going to say that you do, aren't you?)

So my trainer cleaner is there alongside dubbin, light tan polish, suede protector, navy blue polish, patent treatment (patent?!!) and countless little packs of shoe polishing kit Husband has brought home for hotels. Plus special brushes, ordinary brushes and stud removers.

Realistically the only things we use are the black polish and brush. So why haven't I thrown the rest away in my spring-cleaning frenzy?

Because they're all full. And I might need to use them one day. And that'll be the day that heralds the arrival of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Saturday Photohunt - Protect(ion)


George keeps a lookout for unwelcome intruders. His job is to protect us.
(Actually he's looking for anyone who might play with him.)
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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Land life


It was so beautiful with the garlic and bluebells, violets and primroses, apple and wild strawberry blossom ... and little white flowers and little pink flowers and tall feathery white flowers.

Pond life


Top left: baby mussel beds
Top right: beadlet anemone
Bottom right: starfish (sadly deceased)
Bottom left: a winkle of some sort but what the little pink things are ... any suggestions?

Lusted

There is no other word for it. I have lusted after this house ever since I realised that you didn't have to live forever in the house in which you were born.

Look at it: a story-book house right on the beach. How could anyone not want it? (Blue paint excepted. An aberration on the part of the owners.)

Brandy Cove to Caswell

Brandy Cove from the edge of the sea, almost at low tide.And Caswell Bay. (A slightly skewed effect as I joined pictures together so it's more of a rounded view.)

George can see a man and his dogs on the beach and wishes he could fly.



From brandy and back

We had a wonderful walk from Brandy Cove to Caswell and back today. On a piece of unmade track, I pretended to be riding a horse, galloping and holding the reins. I even clip-clopped a few times but couldn't breathe as well so had to stop.

And we had an explore. We were very brave. Actually I was very brave: when we got to the dark narrow bits of path we hadn't been on before George made me walk in front. I knew I shouldn't have told him about St George and the dragon. He claimed he was 'watching your back' in case the dragon snook up from behind but we both know the truth.

I was even brave on the very narrow, way-too-close-to-the-edge-of-high-steep-cliff path.

I'll put the photos in a different post as adding photos always makes the layout go crazy; I'll just include this one shot. On the way down to Brandy Cove you pass a site and on the gate it has this sign. Any ideas what sort of site it might be?

Answer: a sewage treatment works, which sounds dreadful but you wouldn't know it was there. Apart from the sign!

And today, children, this is what silly Mr Brown is going to do

On last night's news they said the government was going to be selling guilt. Oh, please! I cannot see that working as a money-raiser. I already have far too much.

Does anyone else listen to the Six o'clock News on Radio 4? They frequently have economic reports from a man who was turned down for his first choice occupation - primary school teacher - for being too condescending.

I am going to have to throw a plate at the radio one of these days. (Make that a mug; I broke another plate yesterday and we're running short.)

And what's more - one of the reasons I don't watch the news on television, apart from the fact that I don't watch television, is the way it's presented.
Reporter stands in front of screen.
Picture comes up on screen e.g. piles of £5 notes so we know they're talking about money.
Reporter says something.
Words come up on screen repeating what she said only simplified in 5 words of 1 syllable.
Ditto three times.
She turns to screen and points to a picture of a house and says house prices are going down. On top of picture of house moving image appears of a £ sign crashing.
And so on and so on.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Cabbage in your bra

I'm doing some website writing today and I've just had occasion to write the following sentence:

At first sign of soreness, try popping a cabbage leaf in your bra.

It's not often one gets the chance to write that.

I often have Frosties in my cleavage but cabbage in my bra ...

Wednesday Writing

My mum died when I was nineteen but that wasn’t what did it.

My childless great-aunt who adored me and had wanted to adopt me (as my mum wasn’t married) was killed in the car crash we had on the way back from visiting my mum in hospital just before she died, but that wasn’t what did it.

My friend, the mother of four young children and aged just 39, died one Christmas Eve, but that wasn’t what did it either.

My closest cousin, in her forties, died believing God was going to heal her; I don’t know if that did it.


(Continued on my bits that are too long)

xx

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Whoops!

Driving to Zac's tonight I thought I spotted someone I know. I had stopped at a roundabout and was having a good look to see if it were Jamie when I suddenly thought, 'You're a middle-aged woman staring at a young man in vest and cycling shorts: look away now! Look away now if you want to retain even a modicum of respectability!'

Yet more gorse

I can't smell gorse without thinking of my cousin. She and I often walked the cliffs together.

A cold intrusion
Spring, the dawn of the year
and overnight the sun is changed
from an icy sphere

to a molten mass of heat.
From blackened remains of last year’s growth,
new life peeks, and soon peaks triumphant.
Canary yellow flowers of gorse vie with each other
for space on the overcrowded spiny stalks
and the warm air is filled with the scent of coconut.
I long to capture the beauty of it and go, arms laden,
over the hill to the room where she lies wasting.
Her winter has come early,
an unwelcome intruder in the summer of her life.

The story of the violet photograph

Most of the violets were in the sunshine and difficult to photograph without getting a shadow but as we were nearing the end of our walk I spotted some in the shade. The only problem was that, to get a close-up, I had to crawl on hands and knees under the railing leaving just my bottom sticking out onto the path.

Yes, you've guessed it: as I re-emerged bum-first some German tourists walked past. (I knew they were German as I'd heard them on the beach previously. But they must have walked very fast and Germanly to catch up with me; I thought there was no-one around.)

There is a certain inevitability about my stories, have you noticed? Other people write stories of remarkable and wonderful things; mine always end up with me being a twit. I think I shall start making things up. Like rescuing old ladies from burning buildings. Or ... actually me just getting something right would be a good start!

Then sings my soul ...

my saviour God to thee, how great thou art, how great thou art!I wish I could have captured the warmth of the sun, the scent of the air and the singing of the birds as well. Is that first yellow flower evening primrose, does anyone know?
And here are some naked sea anemones. I tried to find some under water with their tentacles waving but the pools I was looking in were too shallow. George having fun chasing the stick I'd just thrown. (Not running away from the waves this time! He's a big boy now and isn't scared of such things.)









A proper photographer would have done a better job

On one of our usual walks through Clyne Woods there's a bit of woodland (piece of? area of?) that is particularly lovely especially when the sun shines through the trees, which I think may be beech. I've tried time and again to capture the light but I'm not a photographer and haven't learned how to adjust my camera so I just point and click. As a result the photos have never got near the beauty, but today I'm giving up and posting a photo anyway!

It was Christmas Eve ...

and the shops had sold out of brussels sprouts!

My dreams are just too vivid for comfort. I blame my hormones.

* * * * * * * * * *

Circuit training started again last night after a two-week Easter break. It was very warm and I was so brain-dead when I arrived home that I got into the shower with my knickers on.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Monochrome Maniacs


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the weekend

Well, hasn't the weather been gorgeous? Even the suntan lotion came out this afternoon.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. Yesterday it was, 'eat your heart out, Charlie Dimmock,' as I planted my plum tree. Ta ra! Please imagine a drum roll. I made Husband come over to see my handiwork and, of course, he said, 'You've planted it too close to the fence!' I knew there'd be something wrong. But tough. With my gardening skills the poor little tree will probably be dead by next Tuesday anyway.


I also planted a seed tray of zinnias and potted on four geraniums we bought for our new courtyard (when it's finished). I checked the seeds today: they hadn't germinated. But my plum tree is still alive so that's a plus.

So that was yesterday. This morning I was in the prison, part of the team taking the services. I was leading the prayers. I don't like doing that. Not since I was leading everyone in the Lord's prayer and I got the words wrong.

It's like your PIN number: you're so used to it you don't have to think but if you do think, that's it. Gone.

* * * * * * * * * *

This afternoon we walked George through the woods and into Clyne Gardens. The gardens used to belong to the Vivian family who also built and lived in Clyne Castle (seen in the picture above between the two towering trees). For some time, in the latter half of the twentieth century, the castle was used as student accommodation but more recently it's been sold and refurbished as posh flats. The gardens are owned by the council and are renowned for the rhododendron displays. May is usually 'Clyne in Bloom' month but we thought we'd see what was out now before the crowds get there.


And what we found were these very young ducklings. I don't know if they're eating the algae on the wall. Maybe Mum took them out for Sunday lunch.

And I don't know what this is called but you wouldn't want it in your garden unless you were lacking a sense of smell. It is truly pongy. (Postscript: It's called Lysichiton americanus. Also called skunk cabbage - from the smell described as a combination of skunk, carrion and garlic.)







And, finally, a bed of wild garlic.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Saturday Photohunt - Purple


Many years ago my daughter painted this vase for me. In case you can't read it clearly, it says, 'Sometimes, although we cannot pray, a prayer utters itself.'

From a poem, Prayer, by Carol Ann Duffy.
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In which I am quite overcome

Twenty-two years. That's how long we've lived in this house. And today, for the first time ever, we have a closing mechanism on our pantry door!!!! And on our under-stair cupboard door. It's almost more excitement than I can stand.

No longer do we have to prop the recycling boxes up against the pantry door to stop George stealing his food. All we have to do now is remember to close it ...

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Community and cake


The community cafe is open again during the holidays and I'm on duty over lunch today and I've made a chocolate cake to take with me. I'm not keen - and neither is Husband - on ordinary chocolate cake so I rarely make them but this one, from an internet recipe, does feel lovely and light. Although it is a bit sunken in the middle!
Postscript
We had more chocolate cakes than we knew what to do with in the cafe and we only sold one slice so I brought half of mine home. We'll have to eat it. It's a hard job but someone's got to do it.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wednesday Writing - Heaven

Heaven will smell like a wood full of bluebells or lilac in full bloom or open old-scented roses.
It will have the freedom of wide open spaces and the security of a snug white-walled cell.
It will be the tor where the cliffs drop away and the sea joins the sky.

In heaven I will be able to blog all day while receiving chatty emails from friends. The beds will have the softness of feathers and the fires will blaze.
Chocolate will be slimming and hair won’t frizz in the rain.
There will be an endless supply of Harry Potter books and Wales will always beat England at rugby.
Post office counter assistants and doctors’ receptionists will be nice.
Mel Gibson won’t age and Paul McCartney will sing at my birthday party.
Computers won’t crash nor batteries go flat.
The people I like will be close to me; the people I don’t will be ... a bit further away.

I will have perfect hand eye co-ordination and be able to ride a bike.
My dog won't steal food but will do as he's told.

My children will remember to close cupboard doors, switch off lights and not scrape crumbs in the butter.
Other people will notice before the toilet roll runs out and will not leave the empty roll on the floor.
It will only rain at night (except when I’m feeling miserable and a need a storm to walk in.)
In fact, heaven will be pretty much like life on earth with more of the good and less of the bad.

But what small visions, small dreams. Is heaven really only as wonderful as I will allow it to be, as good as the best I can conceive?


I would tie the creator down to niceness and neatness when he wants to show me mind-blowing wonders leaving me open-mouthed at their splendour. That’s what heaven must be, not pleasant afternoons in front of an old movie, but living out the thrill of discovery, where each day, for all eternity is unimaginably wonderful. Beyond words, beyond description. Where the only thing we know for sure is that Jesus is there. And he knows my name.
xx


George has been quiet for a while

'Well, if you ignore me, how else am I supposed to get in?'The scratched-away bit of the door is down to George; the frame was already rotten so he can't be blamed for that. Fortunately we had already planned to get a new back door as part of our new-look court-yard. (Did I tell you? No, I don't think I did. We decided against the conservatory/extension and are just going for the tidy-up and move things around treatment. I say 'just' but it's a major job involving door-making and painting, wall-demolishing and shed-moving - and that's just so far.)

So far it's gone from this ...
to this ...


to this.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

You've never got a Tardis when you need one

We have four cars: Alfie (Porsche 244 - possibly), Betty Beetle, Brian Beetle (who's soft-top and only comes out in the summer) and the black car (Vectra estate).

So the plan today was to take the black car for its MOT and, when we collected it, to go shopping. Unfortunately the black car failed its MOT rather spectacularly and won't be ready until tomorrow at the earliest. Undaunted we went shopping in Alfie.

Now that would have been okay if we'd just been going for a loaf of bread and six eggs.

We wanted a wheelbarrow (a proper man's barrow) and a plum tree.

But Porsche think of everything. They'd helpfully supplied a mini tool set that included a spanner just the right size for removing wheelbarrow wheels (or rather wheel). And handles. And if you open the boot you can slide a plum tree in, pot first, so it sits at the feet of the passenger and pokes branches up the nose and in the ear of said passenger.

What we really needed was a Tardis and what do you know? Doctor Who was in Swansea! But I missed him ...

Postscript
Of course I mean Porsche 944 not 244. Husband was appalled at my ignorance.

Monday, April 13, 2009

WW - Washer Woman!




Why has no-one told me about power-washers before? It's the most fun you can have cleaning! It was just like being a superhero. A slightly wet superhero but nevertheless ...

I offered to clean out Husband's greenhouse. I call it Husband's because when it comes to gardening he is the sower and grower and I am the weeder and ... well, destroyer. 'I'm going to be ruthless,' I said. 'Is there anything in there I shouldn't throw out?'

'Leave the poppies.'


They've seeded themselves in the greenhouse and I think Husband sees them as an insurance in case of redundancy. I don't know much about the industry but I don't think the Colombian drug barons will lose much sleep over our 10 poppy plants.

There's a hole in my bucket

Husband had a bad day today. First of all he got a puncture in the wheelbarrow, then the bottom fell out of his bucket.
He grumbled; I said he should take them back and complain. He said he would as, 'Things ought to last longer than 27 years.'

The bucket was one of my old nappy buckets. Remember those days? When terry nappies had to be soaked in nappisan before being washed?

The puncture in the wheelbarrow tyre is more serious. The bolts have rusted on and attempts to take the tyre off ended in a bent tyre-remover-thingy. Husband can either saw the bolts off and take the tyre to Kwik-fit or buy a new one. 'This is a proper man wheelbarrow though,' he said. 'I bought it in the builder's merchants in Morriston in 1981.'

'Yes, dear.' Give him another minute and he'd have been telling me the price too.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Monochrome Monday


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Jesus rocks!

Jesus rocks!

Yay! I knew it! I knew they couldn’t kill him just like that.

My mother says I shouldn’t get my hopes up; I shouldn’t go believing rumours. Huh, what does she know? She wasn’t there when he used my lunch to feed thousands of people.

That’ll show the Romans and the Pharisees, they can’t get rid of Jesus that easily. I knew he couldn’t die just like that. I knew there had to be something else to come. Even when I heard they’d killed him, I knew. I just knew. He’d made sick people better; he’d even brought people back to life. And they thought they could just get rid of him like that. Huh! That’ll show them. Jesus lives, yay.

My mother says I should wait until I’ve seen him for myself. But I saw him before; I don’t need to see him again now. He put his hands on my shoulders and thanked me for sharing my lunch. Then he smiled at me and let me help his disciples give out the bread. Thousands of people - all eating my lunch! I don’t need to see him now to believe he’s alive. Course he is. He’s Jesus. You can’t keep Jesus down! Jesus rocks!

Saturday, April 11, 2009