Happy Easter!

31 Mar

Easter seems to be all about dogs this year.

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At the Good Friday service, meant to be solemn, tacent and contemplative, we were joined by a sweet Yorkie cross, being babysat by an old lady who told everyone who ‘oohed’ and ‘aahed’ over the dog, ‘David said it was okay for me to bring Pepper!’*

*David is the vicar and not the old lady’s imaginary friend.  Pepper was the dog.  I didn’t see her wee, or I’d be writing about Pepper spray.

The dog was very well-behaved. Better behaved, in fact, than the old lady, who spent the whole time whispering to the only small child present, who replied in stage whispers.   They seemed to enjoy themselves.

At this morning’s service we had a guide dog in training, a black lab puppy named Max.  Beautiful dog, and also well-behaved.  Not like the time a young man brought his new pup and it did several rapid laps around the pews during the creed.

Perhaps it was the dogs who inspired David today.  Half way through a talk about the astonishment that was felt when the tomb was found to be empty, he apologised for losing his train of thought, but he was starving because he’d had no breakfast – and then he surprised us all by opening a tin of Pedigree Chum and eating some of it.  He shared it with a few brave children and even cornered a young fellow only there because his banns were being read (I wonder if he’ll turn up for the wedding?).

Mars bar (UK style). Photo by sannse.

Mars bar (UK style). Photo by sannse. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was semi-melted Mars Bar, of course, poured into a re-labelled prunes can; but David shared that information only with those of us who asked him after the service if it really was a tin of Chum?  I’m a little worried, now I think about it, that many people didn’t ask him what was in the tin; did they take his act at face value?  No doubt, he will forever be remembered in the parish as that funny bloke in the long dress who ate dog food during the sermon.

As my friend Lois said in relation to something else entirely, but which seems rather apposite here – you can find anything in the Church of England.


The previous word was ‘slimsy’: Flimsy, frail – what this post is in relation to the true Easter story.  

If you celebrate it, Happy Easter!


31 Responses to “Happy Easter!”

  1. terry1954 March 31, 2013 at 15:18 #

    what a wonderful post. I love the Yorkie story. Have a Happy Easter!


  2. laurieanichols March 31, 2013 at 15:26 #

    Perhaps he’ll be remembered as the pastor who on Easter turned dog food into chocolate. He channeled the good lord.:) Happy Easter!


  3. Al March 31, 2013 at 15:46 #

    I wish I had been there to see that. Great use of props. Just as a put on to the folks who thought it was real, he should sit up and beg during the next sermon.


  4. Food Stories March 31, 2013 at 15:51 #

    Happy Easter 🙂


  5. mairedubhtx March 31, 2013 at 15:52 #

    Happy Easter! But I don’t know what “tacent” is.


  6. SammyDee March 31, 2013 at 16:03 #

    Happy Easter to you too 🙂


  7. colonialist March 31, 2013 at 16:23 #

    I need to change my vocation – anything that involves eating chocolate during working time is perfect for me!


  8. gigihawaii March 31, 2013 at 16:25 #

    Happy Easter, Tilly! Aloha from Hawaii.


  9. Tom Merriman March 31, 2013 at 16:48 #

    Happy Easter, Tilly. I wonder, what with the clocks going forward, if David was a little confused and got his days mixed up, and thought today was tomorrow… if I saw a vicar eating Pedigree Chum, I don’t think I’d question him…


  10. viv blake March 31, 2013 at 17:24 #

    That sounds like my sort of vicar! Happy Easter to you and yours.


  11. SchmidleysScribbling March 31, 2013 at 17:41 #

    I wonder if my friends the Kelly Band Kids will return when I get old and frail? They left when we became teenagers. My sibs and I blamed them for every “bad” thing, as in “Mama, Kelly Band Kids did it.” Dianne


  12. rebecca2000 March 31, 2013 at 19:02 #

    Have a wonderful Easter!


  13. sanstorm March 31, 2013 at 19:03 #

    If I see that dog-food illustration in church one more time…


  14. rumpydog March 31, 2013 at 19:53 #

    I hope you’ve had a happy Easter! woo woo woo!


  15. kateshrewsday March 31, 2013 at 20:10 #

    And Happy Easter to you, too, Tilly. The Easter story is one of my favourite stories of all time: it never loses its enchantment for me. Especially the “Mary” moment.


  16. barb19 March 31, 2013 at 22:14 #

    You have a great vicar with an even greater sense of humour! There should be more like him. Happy Easter!


  17. Katharine Trauger April 1, 2013 at 03:39 #

    If you check out Psalm 22, which is a foretelling of the crucifixion, you will find dogs more pertinent than we might think, in v. 16. 🙂


  18. vastlycurious.com April 1, 2013 at 05:09 #

    The picture of the pup says it all!


  19. bevchen April 1, 2013 at 11:51 #

    Happy Easter!
    Your vicar sounds like a lot of fun.


  20. Grannymar April 1, 2013 at 12:10 #

    Yorkies and Mars bars, but not a mention of Maltesers anywhere, I suppose you left them at home.

    Hope you had a great Easter mine continues here in Dublin.


  21. bluebee April 3, 2013 at 12:23 #

    Surreal – a vicar isn’t worth his salt if he’s not a little eccentric.


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