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So I’ve reached the finishing line. I washed my hair (and the rest of me!) in a bowl of water for the last time this morning, having heated enough in a kettle to take the chill off. Then I went to collect my last container of water. In fact I only picked up five litres this time because I’m away at the CAFOD retreat this evening and I’d managed to save a bit from yesterday.
I walked back with some of the children heading for our neighbouring primary school, who seem to have been fascinated by it all. All that the parents of one six-year-old could gather from their giggling son on Monday night was that Father Rob had talked about toilets, which he clearly found hilarious. But I hope some got rather more out of the school assembly than that! Continue reading
We had a really good parish pastoral team meeting last night at the presbytery, trying to tease out priorities (including choosing our next overseas development project as a parish).
But I woke up with a headache this morning – the headache of having run out of water. A dozen cups of tea and coffee, followed by the washing-up that created, meant that I only just had enough to make breakfast and wash. I now realise what unexpected guests can mean for the world’s poorest people.
Day three: It’s been a busy 48 hours. We made the CAFOD Thirst For change campaign the focus of our prayer at mass, inviting people to fill in the campaign cards after the homily and to write a prayer of thought about their ‘Thirst for Change’ on the ‘raindrop’ cards.
Then we collected the cards up together with the ordinary Sunday parish collection in bright red buckets. We were able to announce that their Fast Day collection the previous week had raised nearly £1,400 (leaving our ‘Bucket-o-meter’ suspended just above the blue ‘water-level’ on the back-wall of the sanctuary). Sponsor me here >>
Well, the good news is that I’ve got through the first day on five litres of my precious daily ration, although I was out for supper, ‘saving’ some of my budget, and I still had last night’s washing-up water ‘in stock’ – which became this morning’s toilet flush. (You really don’t want to know the details!)
Actually, that’s one of the things that I’ve noticed about today. Lacking water forces me to face some very basic human issues – beginning with how to wash my hands without running water.