100 days – Day 41: Sums and Sneakers
100 days – Day 41: sums and sneakers
I cannot “do” mathematics. Remarkably, I got a decent “O Grade” in Maths at school, much to everybody’s surprise (and mine too). As a result, in my Fifth Year, it was decided that I should study it at “Higher” level. It was a struggle, but I managed to scrape a pass.
But I can’t count. So, in my first Presbytery (Stirling and Dunblane – latterly, just “Stirling”) after a year or thereabouts,I was made convener of the “Stewardship and Budget” Committee. Try dealing with irate Kirk treasurers, some of whom were chartered accountants, explaining why their congregational financial contribution was so high…..
When appointed to that post, the first thing that I did was to buy a calculator. In those far off days in the mid-seventies, they had just the most basic of functions, and were the size of a brick.
If only slip on sneakers (worn without socks) had been in vogue then, I would have been able to count, not just on my fingers, but toes also.
Now I mention all this because I’ve just been to buy foreign currency for my forthcoming trip – a combination of Turkish lira, American dollars, and Euros – and was totally bamboozled by what proportion of each should have been purchased, given the amount of Pounds Sterling I was willing to spend.
In the end, I decided to go with English notes – it’s easier….. but……
…. I will be wearing my slip on Merrell sneakers sans socks!
About meenisterAn ordained Church of Scotland Minister since 1974. Started off in Doune which is near Stirling, before moving to Trinidad for four years; on my return to Scotland, I was a rural minister in Perthshire and then was asked to become Minister at St.Michael's Inveresk where I spent eleven happy years. A short ministry in Guernsey followed and since 1999, I was a full time healthcare Chaplain in the town of Dumfries in SW Scotland, retiring from that post in December 2012. I started this blog on 6 May 2012, soon after my wife, Helen, was diagnosed with secondary cancer - it was a sort of diversion and still is, following her death on 16 June. I hope it shows that there is a lighter side to religion, that it's not gloom and doom and that we can sometimes laugh at ourselves in a self-effacing way. Some posts are, however, I hope provoking and food for thought.
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