885. Frederick Ball’s calling


Frederick Ball felt a calling to the ministry. His family had always been practicing Anglicans, and how delighted they were when Frederick announced he was off to the Theological College to commence training towards ordination.

And ordained he was! His bishop was more than thrilled when he was appointed to a rather prestigious inner-city parish. And then the Reverend Ball got married; to one of the loveliest of ladies of the parish. She was the daughter of the local sexton, but a very educated and erudite fellow nonetheless.

The Reverend and Mrs Ball had three children over time, named Augustine, Aidan, and Norwich, and then… and then…

Rumour was whispered among the parishioners. The Reverend Frederick Ball was to be promoted. People wouldn’t be at all surprised if he wasn’t to be consecrated as a Lord Bishop. But he wasn’t…

He became Canon Ball.

40 thoughts on “885. Frederick Ball’s calling

  1. Susanne

    Brilliant! The chuckling began with the not-s0-sly dig at the local sexton and erupted into a full-blown snort with the final line. My husband worked with a woman named Sandra Beach but of course everyone called her Sandy and I one met a hotelier whose name was Crystal Champagne. Ah. Still. Laughing. Thanks.

      1. Cynthia Jobin

        Bach when Boston College was all men and Emmanuel College was all women, I was once invited by a dance partner, during a co-sponsored college dance at the Chestnut Hill campus, to go up to his room to listen to his classical music collection…..I had to tell him he was Bach-ing up the wrong tree….

            1. Cynthia Jobin

              The younger generation of parents is now very much into unusual names for their offspring, and to have a protagonist with the surname of “Ball” is just plain demonic on your part….I can’t stop thinking of all the possible creative first names to go with it…

              1. Bruce Goodman Post author

                When I taught in Christchurch one of the teachers married names was Profit and her first name was Penny. (And another teacher’s surname was Cockburn, and the kids’ nickname for him was Hotrod.)


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