No, I’m not referring here to that one. The twelve days of Christmas are now behind us, until the next time. The “Us” I’m thinking of, is my family, and the child is my new grandson, now expected to make his arrival later today.
He was originally expected yesterday, and when I spoke to my daughter Robynn yesterday morning, she told me that there were some signs that he might in fact decide to do so. But when I remarked that it seemed he could be punctual after all, she reminded me that
“I don’t know where he gets that gene from”.
His big sister Claudia was anything but punctual. When she was born, Robynn was badly overdue, and yet there were still several unpleasant, difficult false alarms, before Claudia could be persuaded to leave the safety of the womb and face the big wide world. Robynn doesn’t want to go through all of that again. So far, nothing seems to have happened, but earlier this week, the medical decision was that if he did not make an appearance on 10th, yesterday, they’d induce the birth, today (11th). I’ll be needed overnight for babysitting duties, to attend to his Claudia.
From Monday, I’ll be starting another round of exam invigilation, so that on top of working most evenings until 11pm for my very modest income, I’ll be working most days. That’s in addition to continuing to attend to this blog, and working to get the Soho Masses community through the present crisis. And increasing involvement in another church group, and developing a website for them.
Something’s got to give.
- It won’t be my commitment or obligation to my two families (partner, and daughter/grandchildren/ son-in-law);
- It won’t be my commitment to the Soho Masses;
- Or to the wider issues of LGBT ministry;
- Or the other wider issues of the Church, and the urgent need for Church reform.
But still, something’s got to give.
Watch this space.
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- A Strictly Personal Reflection
- A New Year – A (Double) New Beginning, and a Personal Appeal.
- Epiphany: Soho Masses Community Celebrate the Feast of Coming Out
- The Queer Angels of the Lord
- We need Gay Masses beyond Soho