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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Wednesday, September 18, 2002
    Looking after little ones
     
    And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. said Friedrich Nietzsche. I'm listening out for it tonight because I've reached the most stomach-churning point of the year - the restart of our Junior Club. Seems absurd - of all the activities I do (standing up before 300 teenagers at school assemblies, delivering funeral addresses, visiting the dying, comforting the families of the dying, etc etc) it's the little hour supervising a group of children playing in the Church hall which, for some reason, gives me most anxiety.

    Probably it's feeling the responsibility of care in this age where there's so much sensitivity around that. How much more then, must young parents feel that, and far more than for one hour a week. The Nietzsche quote I lifted from Rachel Andrew's website. I met Rachel at Greenbelt, a fellow blogger on the soon-to-be-wound-down Greenbelt Blog 24/7. To our workshops in Soul Space, she added depth and reflectiveness, and on her website she's open about the cares and responsibilities of parenting. Tonight I raise my hands for those who look after little ones. May they hear the music.