I left Mum's flat at 8.00 am, just before the Helping Hands ladies came to get her up. I always feel a little awkward intruding on their routine as they bustle around, so I decided on this vacation to use the half hour at the beginning and end of the day to go for a walk.
I set out for the churchyard, intending to sit on the bench there and read from the books I carried with me: "The Valley of Vision," a collection of Puritan prayers; Handbook to Leadership--Leadership in the Image of God, by Kenneth Boa, Sid Buzzell and Bill Perkins, both books small black leather bound volumes with gold leaf pages-- and a small English Standard Version Bible, bound in soft brown leather and embossed with a crown of thorns that encircles the spine, showing half on the front and half on the back. I treasure all three books .
I sat down in the warm morning sunshine on the bench that overlooks the newer part of the cemetery.
Rob strode up, behind a loudly panting Bruce. They were on their morning walk.
We chatted briefly, then Rob said, "Well, I will leave you to finish your reading," and headed for home.
Utter peace; the perfect place to soak in the words on the page and listen quietly. Such a gift.
A few minutes later, I felt full to overflowing and ready to start the day.
Before walking back down the hill into the village, I paused to read and photograph my dear old headmaster's headstone: Mr. Lowe.
I have happy memories of him and found him a kind man. And we didn't know then that he had been a Wing Commander during the war.
As I passed the small triangle of grass that is our village green and war memorial, I paused to look at the beautiful benches placed there, on which are emblems of Alvechurch: the barge on the Birmingham to Worcester canal; the village seal; an emblem of the school, local factories--and Miss Twitty's sweet shop. You can read about Miss Twitty--and even Mr. Lowe, in a post that I wrote a while ago:
The rest of the day was wonderful. Just simply being here is enough. No need for anything more but cups of tea and time together.