It's taken two long years to come to terms with being married to a curate - not something I ever thought was remotely possible when we got married. So what have I learned ?
|A first year curate full of optimism|
2. 'The Curate's wife' is much easier for other people to remember than my name.
3. To keep a supply of cakes and quiches (that look homemade) in the freezer for bring and share suppers.
4. I can hear The Archers omnibus on BBC i player anytime.
5. I can wash, dry and iron The Curate's surplice in 60 minutes (necessary when he cuts his finger and bleeds all over it - and has another service that day)
|A year later...........|
7. I know that to remove lily pollen from a white surplice you have to use strong sticky tape.
8. Always have an expandable meal because I never know who The Curate might walk through the door with.
9. The Curate is often around at suppertime and can prepare a meal just as well as me - so I don't have to rush back from work.
10. 'Curate's Time' is an elastic concept of time - never believe "I'll only be a few minutes".
11. Sit in an inconspicuous place in church (i.e. behind a pillar) so that The Curate cannot see my facial expressions as he delivers his sermons.
12. Sit in an inconspicuous place in church (i.e. behind a pillar) so that I do not catch the The Curate's eye and make him lose his place.
13. Do not answer the telephone in the study unless I have my own pen and paper to hand. It will not be for me and it is impossible to find a writing implement to write down a message because of all the
I will add to this list as I remember all I have learned - please feel free to share your suggestions.