Category Archives: Parental Musings

100 years today

My Dad was born today 10 December 1918, to an unwed School Mistress in Yorkshire.

To my Grandmother for being the strong woman of her time, for her parents who supported her when she lost her job, for having a babe out of wedlock. I did not get to know you, but thank you.

To my Dad, a World War Two Veteran – thank you for your service.

Thank you for being there to dig the children out of the collapsed movie theatre during World War Two. For sailing far from home, to protect home and country. For getting back on the ships after being sunk on them. Thank you also for being part of Dunkirk, though you only spoke of it once, and to my sibling, I know you would have thought of it as doing your duty.

Thanks for being there throughout my childhood. We argued whenI became a teenager, and fought more than once. But you were a man of your times, and that you became in your own words “A feminist” helped me grow into one too.

We may have disagreed more often than agreed, and we were too alike to see eye to eye for long; you were still there after Mum died. You held her through the long fight with cancer, cared for her, and finally told her that you loved her. We held you as you cried that night after she died, the loss of the one constant in our lives.

Before the cancer and the madness, you met the one I would wed. You knew then, that they were a keeper. That they would provide the comfort and protection when your own cancer would take you. Thank you for welcoming them into our lives.

You didn’t get to meet our child, or see the grandkids you had then go on and have children of their own. I wonder, as does my child, what you would have thought of them. Whether your true colours would have shown through, or whether you would have been just glad that I had finally “caught” up with my siblings……

Your birthday is today, I’ve baked a cake to celebrate and honour you. I’ve lit a candle for you as well. I will gather my little family around, and we’ll sing you a Happy Birthday, for without you, there would be no us.

I miss you Dad.

 

 

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“It just happens” – we need to change male attitudes now!

I’m raising a son, in a world which is saturated with sexist and misogynist advertising and movies. But I always make the point of calling out the behaviours to him. We now have a game where if we watch a movie, we call out the behaviour. (Like we did with saying Language whenever anything colourful is said).

I’ve got nieces, and great nieces though and they’re in a world which I think is perhaps more conservative now than when I was younger. A world in which they’re judged more, and I hate it.

So when I came across these two posts I wanted to share them with you, education empowers and can over power these barriers.

That’s Just One More Barrier to Coming Forward

A professor who studies teens and sexual violence on the very obvious reason girls don’t report these crimes.

One in Ten Girls Is Catcalled Before Age 11

A series of Tips on How Parents Can Protect and Empower Their Daughters.

We can stop this now. Call it out, encourage everyone to call it out. Stop it before more lives are damaged.

 

Broken Glass

Beautifully captured and so very true, Broken Glass captures how we need to be aware of our actions and reactions.

If we sat back and thought is this the way we would address our friends, then our interactions with our children would be changed and altered.

6 Reasons Why Comics Can Improve Mental Health

From The Comic Vault, a great post on the 6 Reasons Why Comics Can Improve Mental Health.

If education and hard work were enough leadership would be culturally diverse. How can we fix the imbalance?

Another great post from Cathy Ngo on how we can fix the imbalance that exists throughout our society.

Ta-Nehisi Coates – Black Panther And The Crew #1

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Black Panther, Storm, Luke Cage, Misty Knight and Manifold band together to take on a dangerous wave of street-level threats in this new ongoing series by co-writers Ta-Nehisi Coates (New York Times best-selling author of Between the World and Me and Marvel’s Black Panther) and Yona Harvey (Black Panther: World of Wakanda) and legendary artist Butch Guice! The death of a Harlem activist kicks off a mystery that will reveal surprising new secrets about the Marvel Universe’s past and set the stage for a big story in the Marvel Universe’s near future. Fear, hate and violence loom, but don’t worry, The Crew’s got this: “We are the streets.”

Read it because:

You need a new comic book title, that embraces diversity and also the lessons of history. A powerful book that helps the non-American understand what is happening in America. I found it incredibly powerful and have started book clubbing with my child…..Best comic of this year – 2018.

Without quality sex education & without the power to decide, girls & young women face a world that wastes their potential.

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