I had two strings to my bow, as the saying goes. For much of my working life (though Wendy and I sometimes think we are busier now that we are retired) I was proprietor of a Christian bookshop, and also of a dental practice. I told people it was just an amalgam.
When asked what I did for a living, I would say that I sold holy books, and filled holey teeth.
There seem to be no end of humorous possibilities when it comes to describing my previous occupations. One newspaper article on me started by stating that, ‘in Aylsham, Norfolk, heaven and hell exist side by side.’
For five years I practised in the beautiful town of Shaftesbury in Dorset. I was told that my predecessor at the practice, also a Christian, had Psalm 81 verse 10 written on the ceiling. When he tipped the chair back, the patient was faced with ‘Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.’
Maybe it should have been written on a plaque.
Where would we be without humour? Life could be rather dull, and I enjoy the banter round the table on Sundays after church. Church meets in our sitting room, and then around 12 to 20 people come through to the dining room for lunch. It has been suggested that I extract humour from people and fill the room with laughter. Ho ho!
Humour. Laughter. Mirth. I thank God for them, because as our Creator, I believe that He is the source of them, and all other good things in this life.
I have not mentioned my books for a while. You will find both faith and humour in each of them.
All available at www.amazon.co.uk (UK), www.amazon.com (North America) and all good bookshops.