St. Julie's Catholic High School Chaplaincy
 

Thoughts from the Chaplain

Jun 29, 2018

Tuesday, 26th June, 2018


RESET

Let me tell you about a bit of an unwelcome adventure from yesterday.  On Sunday evening, I went to get a strawberry cornetto from the fridge/freezer out back.  I peeled off the silver wrapper to find it was all mushy!  The freezer wasn't working and all the meat and other stuff was slowly defrosting.

So, yesterday morning I rang Currys where we bought it from and had to negotiate a myriad of choices before I got through to a human being - apparently from Samsung.  I explained the situation whereupon the aforementioned person said I was in the wrong department but that he would connect me to the correct one.  The phone went dead for a few seconds before it started ringing again. Yes, I thought, we should be able to make progress!  The ringing stopped and a voice spoke: "If you are ringing about a ...... press 1, if you are ringing ..... press 2 and so on!

By now, my serenity had well and truly gone but somehow I ended up with a human being again who was hugely helpful and friendly in tone but almost unintelligible in pronunciation.  Evenutally, she indicated that she understood my problem and that she would talk me through what to do.  It was at this point that she asked me what I could see in front of me.  Perplexed I answered truthfully that is was my computer screen in my office.  "You are not with the freezer?" she said.  I replied in the negative.  To this she said, "You need to ring back when you are with the freezer!"   By now my resilience was under severe strain!  She did however, give me a number and a reference to quote when I got back home.

On returning home after a hectic day which included a super Dementia Friends Information session with 8 Dorothy (great form!), with trepidation I dialled the new number.  "If you are ringing about a ...... press 1, if you are ringing ..... press 2 and so on!

Eventually,a human being came into the conversation.  I quoted the number and she asked me what I could see. "My freezer which has two blue lights on".  The helpful soul said to turn it off, leave it for 10 minutes, then turn it back on and see what it was like in three hours!  So, I did - dreading the prospect of having to ring back if this didn't work, but it did work - it reset itself and all was well.    Apparently, the door to the freezer must have been left ajar and after a certain amount of time, the freezer turns the cooling device off.   

  Maybe a reset is what we all need from time to time.  At this time of the year, it's easy to get overwrought and overwhelmed when we're tired in schools.  Whichever way you reset your life, take the time to be kind to yourself and do it!  Time off is coming!

 I must admit to feeling a bit stretched over recent days and I was on assembly this morning with Year 7.  I'd agonised over this assembly and spent 3 or 4 hours on Monday night trying to come up with an idea and something to say.  Maybe you get like that - when you feel you have nothing left to give and your brain is scrambled.

Anyway, I took courage and decided to do something relating to Pride Month - which has been celebrated so magnificently and movingly in St. Julie's this year thanks to Identity - our diversity club.  I toiled and toiled and eventually came up with someting but I wasn't really comfortable with it.  Talking publically with issues relating to the LGBT+ community is something I, shamefully, have tended to avoid - for fear of saying the wrong thing or using words incorrectly or causing offence to someone.  Of course, when you fear using words, you simply tend not to use them at all.

So, I managed to cobble together an assembly but, I knew in my heart of hearts that it wasn't quite what I wanted or needed to say.   I got into school early to get in the Chapel and practise it.  It still wasn't coming together.  But at about 8:25, Mrs McCourt came in to set up for assembly.  Due to some scheduling mix up, it was Mrs McCourt who was leading this morning!  I breathed a sigh of relief and was very happy to defer to her.  It felt like God was saying "Not yet, Mike - sort it our and say it properly tomorrow!"

 So, I had breathing space and somehow the right linking words came and tomorrow it's assembly with our lovely Y9.  I'm hoping I can deliver something appropriate!