The past few days have had us in a form of fearful limbo, on occasion 'uncertain' (I refused to say 'afraid) to leave home to head into our regular shopping areas as our neighbourhoods were attacked by angry youths and lawless louts hell bent on causing chaos and destruction while having a 'good time' looting shoes, clothing and electronics...
It kicked off in Tottenham - affecting my fellow blogger Nai... and then spread like a bacteria, infecting normally peaceful neighbourhoods like a flesh eating virus. I watched in disbelief as our local high streets burned and broke under the frustration of a seemingly 'lost' generation. I prayed for peace... noone I know was injured or had their businesses damaged but the aftermath is leaving a bad taste in our mouths which is just as awful... "those Black ppl again, a bunch of good for nothing degenerates... can't even control their kids"... but this wasn't about race and it wasn't just 'the Black people'... it was generational... so how are we going to deal with a generation who value materialism and keeping up with the Jones more than hard work and discipline and have no respect for public property (or the law enforcement agencies) or their parents.. or you.. or me?
I don't know... but I want to write about something happier.
Today was about teaching Bajan Baby (Paz) and her brother (the Little Prince) to be fearless;
picture this: a wooded pathway....
... dotted with snails and slugs,
Prince and big sis gingerly picking their way through - Bajan Baby trudging along totally oblivious. I wanted to introduce her to these little creatures without calling attention to them in a negative way (cos big sis is terrified of them and I don't want Baby to develop the same phobia!)
So I said: "Hey Ari, look at the snail"... as it crawled across the path in front of her. Her response was to pick it up and put it in her mouth
Picture my face transfixed in horror while Big Sis and the Lil Prince scatter in different directions screaming at the top of their lungs...
End of today's lesson.
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