The Rector’s Wife is a regular commentator on this blog, and recently she made an aside remark about her experiences collecting charity envelopes which made me want to find out more! I asked her to send me the whole story so I could share it with you…
You know how when you knock on someone’s door, then you sometimes see a little face peeping out through the window to see who is there? Well there I am, knocking on doors to collect Christian Aid envelopes, and I see the vertical blinds at the window twitch and there’s a little monkey. First of all I think it’s a toy but then I look a the arms pulling back the blinds and I think – hey it is a real monkey!
So I asked the boy if there was a monkey living at the house – and he said yes, also two porcupines, a snake, a pig… and I think there were some others. Apparently they own a pet shop.
Strangely Thomas wasn’t bothered about the monkey, but he thought it was pretty yuck that they had a pig! But at least he could confirm to my husband that I really had seen a monkey (unlike the camel in a field story, when the Rector didn’t believe me for weeks until he saw it himself, but that’s another story, not related to churches or vicars or anything like that!).
I also discovered that one of the houses down the road has a fire engine in the front garden. Which I had never noticed before (although to be fair the house is tucked away in the corner, with high hedges.)
So there you have it – the joys of collecting. And maybe an interesting incentive for visiting the parish door to door. Not seen any monkeys around here though. Plenty of Staffies, yes, but definitely no monkeys. Or fire engines, come to think of it.