Once upon a time there was a wheel whose spinning sustained the world. Everyone and everything was connected to the wheel, and, in turn, affected how it span. People had jobs, paid taxes, built and sold companies, bought houses and cars, went on holiday and pursued hobbies. The wheel connected everyone – including three characters called Rob, Robyn and the Robin.
Rob worked in a supermarket. He counted stock and stacked shelves. He wasn’t paid much and his hours varied. Robyn cared for sick people. She also wasn’t paid much and often the conditions she worked in weren’t great. But she believed in what she was doing. And the Robin – well, he did what Robins do – he bobbed along and sang. So, like everyone else, Rob, Robyn and the Robin depended on the spinning of the wheel. And whilst the wheel span fast, none of them attracted much notice.
Then one day…..the wheel stopped. It juddered to a halt. And the world stopped too. But Rob, Robyn and the Robin kept doing what they had always done. And when there was nothing else spinning the wheel, everyone noticed.
Rob stacked shelves and kept the food supply going. And, as if for the first time, people said thank you.
Robyn risked her safety looking after people who were sick. And, as if for the first time, people applauded.
And the Robin sang. And, as if for the first time, people sat still enough to listen.
3 thoughts on “The story of Rob, Robyn and the Robin and the day the wheel stopped.”
Loved it! Keep writing!!
Thank you Corinne – you are such an encouragement – was thinking of you when I saw loads of Dandelions today and smiling!
Thought provoking 😊