Preface

The first part of this story is true, the second arrived in a dream and the third came in the bath.
As it came together it became clear that it was an allegory of the Trinity.
And it explores the idea of representing God in the Feminine.

I do not want to get into a discussion on the Gender of God. Normally I use unique pronouns with capital
letters: He, His and Him.   I apply them to no-one else and, apart from this allegory, never think of Gender.

The Special Pebble

Prayer Seat One  sunny day,  I was sitting on "my" seat praying as I always did when I visited my seaside retreat. On this occasion, I had been painting my front door bright red, and being a messy painter, it was no surprise when I looked down, to see a red splodge on my left knee. Automatically, but without good reason, I crossed my right leg over it, hiding it from my view but not from a sartorially uncluttered and charming little lad, whose pushchair appeared in front of me. I smiled at him and looked up at a lady I took to be his grandma. The little lad was agitated in a language all of his own and held out his arms. He  carefully unfolded my leg and pointed (in a manner conveying a desire for healing rather reminiscent of ET) at the red splodge on my knee. I tried to convey to him that, while his concern for my welfare was much appreciated, only paint was involved and not blood. He's always like this, said his Grandma warmly, and they had gone as quickly as they had appeared. I thought little more of the experience until I returned there some weeks later.

After revisiting the seat, I felt a unusual compulsion to descend to the beach and I could hear (in my head) the little lad's strange language. Even  warm sunny Saturdays in August brought few people to this beach. On a miserable day like this, I was quite alone, except for his voice and it clearly translated into the instruction to look for a stone. But more than that was not translatable.

Lost in my thoughts and wondering what I was looking for: A special stone?. Perhaps any stone? I heard, only subconsciously, very hesitant roller skates up on the prom. So her voice took me by surprise, a tingling, confident melodious, and somehow familiar, voice. What are you looking for? A small girl in overlarge roller boots looked down at me. She rocked rather precariously to and fro. I'm looking for a stone. I said, feeling foolish, given that at my feet lay millions of them, but evidently she did not think it so.

She sat down on the edge of the prom and, from her appropriate elevation, loftily announced I shall help you. Then someone else came up behind my new friend as she struggled out of her skates. It was Grandma, the pushchair and the compassionate little lad, though more warmly dressed today. Grandma fished in the voluminous bag on the back of the  pushchair and found some plimsolls and handed them to presumably little lad's big sister. And she, having slipped them on,  scrambled down the steep sea wall. What shape is it?, she asked as if she regularly helped strange men  find lost stones. But the question was entirely rhetorical and I wasn't at all surprised when she said: Is this it. That is  because all my surprise had been already used up on the manner of her search, criss-crossing the beach as if it were flat and she a competent skater, despite having taken her skates off!

Looked thoughtful I could hardly say No, I'm afraid that isn't the right one, anyway she knew that I knew that she knew, that it was indeed the right one. And she handed it to me with the same pleasure as if it had been a lost gold watch. Mission accomplished, she ran up the sea wall and began the long struggle back into her skates. I too went up to the prom. She was rocking back and forth, tugging and heaving at her skates revealing grubby knickers and multiply grazed knees.  I concluded that both had arisen from frequent and unplanned forward and backward encounters with the concrete on which she now sat. Having finally got her skates back on, she handed her plimsolls to grandma and then sat for a while with her hands in her lap and looked thoughtful.

Lad Waived Little lad smiled and conversed in the same language as before, which I could describe as like his big sister's but perhaps read from a script that was upside down!. Grandma beamed indulgently and pushed the plimsolls back in the voluminous bag. The skater stood up, beamed exactly like her Grandma, and  set off  with more enthusiasm than ability.

Grandma pushed and little lad waived.
 

THE Pebble I was left with a rather unprepossessing pebble, although it did have a hole in it, clearly a special pebble, but not, as a translation of little lad's message came to me, a magic pebble. I returned to my chalet and made myself a cup of coffee. I put the pebble in a glass of water, thinking it might brighten up a bit, even though it had been washed by the tide twice a day, possibly for centuries. As its name implies, my seaside retreat receives few seaside visitors, but  I was not surprised when  later, after dark,  someone knocked at the door? I went and opened it, holding my fifth cup of coffee of that evening. Grandma it was not, but it could have been Granddad! Although, as it turned out, he had no connection with my earlier friends. Nor indeed was he old enough to be granddad as became clear when he came inside to the light. He was in his late twenties, rather short, had a beguiling smile when he held his head up, but was otherwise bent forward and shuffled like an old man. A bald patch was clearly visible in the centre of his head. He  said nothing, just looked at my cup. Come on in then, I  said, unguardedly. He sat at the table where the glass with the pebble was. I went to the kitchen and made his coffee. Our conversation was rather laboured and it was clear he was very depressed. But as we talked, he seemed to brighten and when he stood up to leave, having borrowed twenty quid, he was upright and had a definite spring in his step. I can see you're a bit of a rogue, I said patronisingly. He turned as he stepped into the night, and replied: yes but a loveable one, and he was gone.

When I went back inside, I noticed that the water in the pebble glass had been drained and I assume he drank it while waiting for his coffee. Perhaps that was what the pebble was for?

I still have the pebble, but like the little lad said, it is not magic. But maybe miracles occur when we do as we are bid, regardless of how simple or apparently irrelevant. One impression of the three I met remains: Grandma and the helpful little girl were so alike that they could have been the same person (at different times of life)!, somewhat like a female version of what Patrick depicted in his picture Son of the Boy.

And the little lad? I'll leave you to think about Him. As to the visitor to my chalet, you can find him on this site too.


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