The boy with the cart
Legend says that St. Cuthman was a poor shepherd, who was forced to beg from door to door when his father died.
As his mother was paralysed, he built a one-wheel cart to bring her with him. He set off to the east and eventually, the rope he used to pull the cart broke.
He built a church on that spot. Nowadays the church is known as St. Andrew’s and St. Cuthman and can be found in Steyning (that’s in West Sussex, England), where my sister lives.
Not much of the original church, dating back to the 8th century, survives.
But you can get a sense of the history and workmanship
From the arches – each one has a unique pattern on it.
The heavy wooden door looks ancient too.
Outside, graves that are hundreds of years old
Are now resting places for tree roots and branches —
And there is always time for contemplation of what life is all about
Between the vitality of youth
And the wisdom of the old.
(Still in England, so may not be able to visit you all.)
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