North People

Tyler Murphy

The name Norfolk means “north people” and the name Norwich means “north village.” The names, I am told, are Scandinavian in origin. So if you think about it North Norwich is actually, North North Village.
The group of foreign travelers coasted through our small city a few days ago. We were fortunately a welcomed and convenient stop between Canada and New York City. The community made preparations giving honors and hospitality to the English and the Australians. The delightful group of people carried with them a casual foreign charm and a delightfully quick wit. The congregation visited our local school and shared a part of their heritage with our local legacy. The children roared and laughed and seemed to enjoy themselves. I must admit if I were in their shoes I wouldn’t have liked to come in for my day off and a few of us adults passed guilty snickers at the notion. I was impressed with the “Madame principal” as Derek Bigford-Smith called her – Michelle Donlon was nearly as enthusiastic as the children. The vistors themselves seemed very relaxed. Something I believe is that, at least in the beginning, all children in all countries are the same; I find that to be an encouraging thought.
The banquet was equally an event of interest. Gifts were exchanged and humors shared. Laughter echoed in the background of the ballroom the entire evening. I personally found our visitors to be of great interest; I have always had a profound desire to experience the outside world. After a wonderful dinner, I retired briefly to the bar to get myself a drink and then head home. A few of the visitors came in a few moments later and I had my drink with them. It was a marvelous experience. We talked of few things seriously and I spent the hour tentatively listening and laughing.
Here is a joke that is in fair taste I wanted to share.
A man was walking along the river in Norwich. He was a good man and he had lived a good life. The man loved God and read his bible well. Suddenly the clouds above opened up and heaven appeared before him. The man gasped, and the lord spoke ,“You are a good man, a great man and thus I offer you one wish to have anything you like.” The man, stunned, began to think hard and after a moment of intense thought glanced up to the heaven and said, “ I am going to California in a week and I think it would be awfully swell if you could make me a bridge from California to Hawaii. Then I could get a chance to see some truly beautiful sights.” God seemed puzzled with the response and said, “Do you realize what you ask, the ocean is so vast and deep, the winds and current so powerful. It would take vast resources and a number of incredible engineering feats to achieve that. You ask too much, perhaps my friend you would reconsider.” The man nodded in humility and thought again. After a moment he raise his head and asked “OK God, can you tell me what women think, I mean I really can’t tell what they’re thinking when they’re look at me, or when they ask questions about their looks or whatever. I never know what to say and I would really just like to know what they really want.” There was a long silence in heaven and finally God asked, “Did you want that bridge to be one lane or two?”
-English Joke