This little Robin Redbreast is hereby christened ‘Serenity‘. Over twenty four minutes on Holmwood Common he transported Bobby to another world. A world where nothing mattered. No anxiety. No tribulations. No expectations. No exhortations. Nothing but serenity. For twenty four minutes. The time between the first and last photographs.
Serenity and the Serenity Prayer has often been included in our stories. An addendum at the end of this one is included if you wish to read it.
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Bertie: “Is it MOT day today, Bobby?”
Bobby: “It is, Bertie. And new tyres too. Two.”
Bertie: “Sounds expensive. Years ago, you told me how anxious you became before cars were MOT’d. Even sleepless nights.”
Bobby: “That was then, Bertie. I always had old cars that always seemed to fail through rust and had to be welded back together again. Or, in the case of Little White Van, (LWV) declared unsafe to be driven. It didn’t stop Andrew selling it on eBay for someone to reincarnate. Nowadays, I have learned a little serenity. Partly from age, but also through mindfulness, Al-Anon and so on.
We have always bought our tyres at the same place through Jerry and Rocco. A local business that we trust. Now based in former farm buildings on the other side of Holmwood Common. They also arrange MOTs.
Leaving the car there means walking home across the Common. And back again later. That Thursday was a glorious, but very chilly, morning with blue skies and he chose to walk the long circuit through the Common to arrive at the lookout seat. Facing the North Downs and Denbies Hillside across the valley.
As soon as he sat down on the large tree trunk seat, a little robin turned up. Although a popular place, particularly with dog walkers, nobody came by. For twenty four minutes. During which time the Robin, ‘Serenity‘, stayed with him. On the seat, on the walking poles, on his boots, on his knees and finally, to cap it all, on his head.
Bobby was mesmerised, but still conscious enough to take pictures. And here are just a few:
‘Serenity’ brought true serenity to Bobby. Until the first dog and its owner arrived. The spell was broken and Serenity had gone.
Emily reminds Bobby of an important belief about Robins.
Bertie: “Sounds wonderful, Bobby. Just like when dreams came true on the red London double decker bus on Waterloo Bridge. It’s such a lovely day and we don’t have a car. But I have dream too. I haven’t been on a 93 bus since lockdown. Bobby 2 hasn’t been anywhere during that time. And I miss my friends in Waitrose.”
Bobby: “Righto, Bertie. We will catch the 12:00 93 bus and take Bobby 2 to do our shopping in Waitrose.” And we did.
Merrill says “What about Betty Boop? She hasn’t been anywhere since lockdown.”
Bertie: “A Betty Boop story will come soon.”
The Serenity Prayer
You may wish to open the following link and listen to the audio. Always remembering that AA and Al-Anon are not religious organisations, but they have adopted the Serenity Prayer as the foundation for ‘recovery’ from the affects of alcohol. Neither promotes its existence either.
The fellowships are there if you choose to join them. Many people will tell you how their lives have been transformed.
Lighting a Candle for Diddley