Thanks for popping in. After a week of chaos and illness, happy to report that all is well again in the Gray household. I haven’t felt that rough for a good while. It wasn’t COVID, but it certainly packed a punch to the gut! Say no more. I slept for pretty much two days. But there we are. Nothing terminal. Just some sort of flu. And she’s back in the saddle!
I look forward to getting back to the office after the SHAC this morning! That’s the thing. When you’re laid up for a while, it gives you time to think about things, and have ideas. All the time you’re nose to the grindstone, pedalling like a loonie, there’s neither space nor time for the imagination to roam and be creative. But stay in bed, propped up with pillows drinking chamomile tea, and you’d be amazed how far the head can travel if you let it!
In the words of dear John:
Through the thought still spread beyond her. Isn’t that simply wonderful? But it has been a challenge to avoid dark places too. This shocking war, the invasion of Ukraine and its continuing atrocities, weighs very heavy on my mind; I am not alone I’m sure. Perhaps because I was unwell, I found it impossible last week to pretend that it was all just business as usual. Just couldn’t fake it to make it, and couldn’t write a bla-blog either.
I learned a new word last week too. An English word. But it was the beautiful Russian news reporter – the brave woman who disrupted the news with a protest banner – who used it.
Have you ever heard it? Not I. So I looked it up.
- the killing of one’s brother or sister.
- a person who kills their brother or sister.plural noun: fratricides
- the accidental killing of one’s own forces in war.”the Vietnam War saw fratricide increase because of the close-in jungle fighting”
Of course. As soon as I read the definition, my O level latin filled in the gaps. I had heard of Genocide and Patricide and Matricide. But never Fractricide. But it describes what is going on in Ukraine exactly.
So we feel frightened, shocked, disgusted, threatened, sad, powerless – the list goes on.
What can we do? Send Love. Send Supplies, Send Money. Help wherever we can. And pray that it ends soon.
Life goes on in our worlds, but we have to do what we can to help the Ukrainians. Sure, we have to go to work, we have to pay the bills, we have to care for our families, we have to keep going, a day at a time.
BUT. We also have to HELP wherever we can. If we ignore what is happening, if we pretend it’s not our problem, we are complicit. Conversely, if we show support, help where we can and get involved, then we are doing good. And that’s a good thing.
Treat others as you would like to be treated.
Forgive me for not doing crafty step by step blogs. You understand.