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

    Sunday, April 03, 2005
    Pic of the month
    Caught him looking at me after the baptism service. People do that, for all sorts of reasons. I get used to it. But this was special. Turned out to be Mark. A fuller-bodied, thinner-haired Mark to the one I last saw twenty-three years ago, but undoubtedly the very same Mark with whom I began my very first day at work, the firm's two new apprentices in the fabrication-welding plant in the summer of 1978.

    He wasn't surprised to see me in clerical garb, "You were always into church stuff," he said, uncritically. And I wasn't surprised to hear that he was still in welding - because he was always very good at it. A lovely meeting-up, that. It's inspired April's Pic of the month.