THE form… Part I

I say, Part I, as I suspect there will be several posts on this…

So yesterday I looked at the Ministry Enquiry Form for the first time. It is 13 pages long… yes 13….
Apparently they want to know rather a lot about me… I was told that I should be thorough in my answers but should not sit on it’,as the process cannot go on until it’s done. It is certainly interesting, some of the questions are very open and require much thought. Eg:
‘What do you consider to be the main events in your life?’

Well where do I start? I mean is this the basics like marriage, kids etc or do they want to know
some deeper stuff like when I realised my Dad didn’t have ‘the word’ on everything; or that not everyone in the world will like me…

This is another:
‘Please tell us very fully about your family background, upbringing, formative experiences from childhood through to today. Please include details of family members from birth together with your family history’
I mean that’s like my entire life! Surely they don’t expect an autobiography…

So in true avoidance fashion, I have done the easy bits. like filling in my name and age. Actually I have even done the past employment history bit. But several cups of tea later and I seem to be stalling. It’s not that I don’t want to do it, I think I just don’t know where to start. And the truth is it will require some visits to bits of my past that I probably don’t want to go to just now.

So, perhaps just one more cup of tea…

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    November 22, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    give them your testimony – you must have that written down – that is pretty formative stuff… even better – post it here so we can all see…

    as for the rest – when you were born, when your sisters and brothers were born, the line of work that your dad and mum were in, any family deaths that shook you, or scandals. When you had kids, when you married, any nasty teenage angst.. that will pretty much cover it.

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    November 23, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Thanks. Yeah I have written down my testimony, It is on here somewhere back near the beginning if you're interested!
    I think it's just a question of methodically working through it, but I know its going to take time. Not sure how long they expect it to take but at first I thought a few weeks should do it. Now I'm thinking more like months!

    oh, and theres plenty of teeange angsty type stuff! 😉

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