Let me introduce you to the characters of this little story. Firstly there is Sean, he is a man after my own heart. If I ever met him I know we’d see eye to eye on most things; and then there is his faithful dog, a playful little thing called Lido. Together they are a great team, but it is a little like the blind leading the blind as both can be as silly as the other. There is Sarah, she is a helpful woman, always looking out for others, and then there is Bubbie, an old friend of Sean and Sarah’s – Bubbie comes from the spare the rod, spoil the child school of thinking but has fallen on hard times.
Sean and Lido had been happily resting in the land of nod one evening when the alarm on Sean’s watch went off. It was time to rise and shine because, as we know, there is no rest for the wicked. They both stretched and yawned and in the twinkling of an eye they were ready for their evening walk. It was 7.15pm, the eleventh hour because the curfew started at 8pm and they needed to be back by then if they were to follow the letter of the law.
That day the powers that be, who sometimes seem to be a law unto themselves, had announced another 2 weeks of lockdown. Two weeks, in the scheme of things is only a drop in the bucket but many where at their wit’s end with the whole lockdown thing and just wanted to go out and eat, drink and be merry. But it was a sign of the times that this just wasn’t possible.
So Sean and Lido were outside for their walk, “We have plenty of time,” said Sean, but that was just the kiss of death on their evening wander. Sean put on his Ipod, Queen’s another one bites the dust was playing and off they went around their neighbourhood to see what they could see. As they went down the street they saw a person standing on the side of the road, “Isn’t that Sarah?” Sean said, Lido just wagged, “She must be out fighting the good fight, speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves.”
As they drew closer Sarah waved and, staying 1.5 metres away, said, “Hi Sean and Lido a little birdie told me you’d be out here about now I’ve come to ask you a favour.”
“Go ahead,” said Sean, “We’re listening.” Turning off his music.
Sarah looked at them both and asked, “Do you remember Bubbie?”
“Big headed Bubbie? The mouth of the south? Yes, what’s he up to?”
“Well,” said Sarah, “He’s not doing too well at the moment and I was wondering if you could help him?”
“Well pride goes before a fall,” said Sean, “What’s he need?”
“A little money”
“What? The root of all evil!”
“Anyone of us could fall by the wayside” said Sarah, “He’s changed.”
“A leopard cannot change its spots, he always was a wolf in sheep’s clothing, OH see how the mighty have fallen.” intoned Sean.
“Yes they have, and there but for the grace of God, go you and I, and remember it is always better to give than to receive. You once said you’d go to the ends of the earth to help people and I don’t wish to put words in your mouth but he needs your help. Will you?”
Sean thought about it and looked at Lido who just wagged, “Well it would be sour grapes if I didn’t, of course I’ll help. When the writing’s on the wall it’s what we do isn’t it?”
“Thanks” Sarah said, “There’s just one fly in the ointment, he needs it now.”
“Sure”, said Sean reaching for his wallet and handing over some money, “here, take this, will it be enough?”
“More than,” said Sarah.
“We’d better go if we are to finish our walk before curfew, we’ll just make it by the skin of our teeth if we go now. See you and thanks for looking us up, glad we could help.”
They waved goodbye and Lido got her walk, not as long as usual but she understood. She is, after all, a very clever dog.
What a nice story. When Sara asked me to write this blog she said to write it on Proverbs. Well I looked up proverbs from the Bible that are still in everyday use and in that little story are 34 of them. Not all from the book of Proverbs but all from the Bible. See if you can spot them. On Tuesday evening we’ll put up the list of what they are and where they come from but this little story goes to show that there is nothing new under the sun. (Number 35, from Ecclesiastes 8).