Genesis – The Sapper Version

The final part of this trilogy, with due thanks to the Shoot Forum, Pete and Simon

In the beginning was the word, and the word was God.

In the beginning was God, and all else was darkness and void, and without form. So God created the heavens and the Earth. He created the sun, and the moon, and the stars, so that light might pierce the darkness. The Earth, God divided between the land and the sea, and these he filled with many assorted creatures.

And the dark, salty, slimy creatures that inhabited the murky depths of the oceans, God called sailors.

And He dressed them accordingly.

They had trousers that looked like bells at the bottom. And their shirts had little flaps on them to hide their tattooed necks. He also gave them long sideburns and shabby looking beards. God nicknamed them “tars” and banished them to a lifetime at sea, so that normal folks would not have to associate with them.

To further identify these unloved creatures, He called them “petty” and “commodore” instead of titles worthy of red-blooded men.

And the flaky creatures of the land, God called soldiers.

And with a twinkle in His eye, and a sense of humour that only He could have, God made their trousers too short and their berets too large.

He also made their pockets oversized, so that they may warm their hands. And to adorn their uniforms, God gave them badges in quantities that only a pick ‘n mix shop owner could appreciate. And He gave them emblems and crests… and all sorts of shiny things that glittered…and devices that dangled. (When you are God you tend to get carried away.)

On the 6th day, He thought about creating some air creatures for which he designed a postman’s uniform but in a fetching shade of sky blue especially for Royal Air Force. But He discarded the idea during the first week, and it was not until years later that some apostles resurrected this theme and established what we now know as the RAF.

And on the 7th day, as you know, God rested.

But on the 8th day, at 07:30hrs, God looked down upon the earth and was not happy.

No, God was not happy!

So He thought about His labours, and in His divine wisdom God created a divine creature.

And this he called the Sapper.

And these Sappers, who God had created in His own image, were to be of the air, and of the land, and of the sea. And these He gave many wonderful uniforms. Some were green; some were blue with red trim. And in the early days, some were even a beautiful tan.

He gave them practical fighting uniform’s, so that they could wage war against the forces of Satan and evil. He gave them service uniforms for their daily work and training. And He gave them dress uniforms… sharp and stylish, handsome things… so that they might promenade with their ladies on Saturday night and impress the hell out of everybody!

He even gave them jack-knives, so that people who were not impressed could be dealt with accordingly.

And at the end of the 8th day, God looked down upon the earth and saw that it was good.

But was God happy? No! God was still not happy!

Because in the course of His labours, He had forgotten one thing:

He did not have a Sapper uniform for himself.

He thought about it, and thought about it, and finally God satisfied Himself in knowing that, well… not everybody can be a Sapper!

 

 

Exactly

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Mike Cunningham
Mike Cunningham
September 20, 2012 7:07 pm

My brother, who was in the Royal Engineers for many years; always claimed that the ‘Sapper’ was descended from a special breed of Briton, but I don’t think he ever claimed a special relationship with the Almighty.

Still, you just never know who builds your bridges!