Saturday, 2 June 2012
We host the Olympics and our Queens Golden Jubilee- 60 years of one lady doing her job.
In the town in which l have lived for over 20 years, there are a variety of events planned to celebrate these historic events.
Yet in my home l am the only one interested. I am the only one who wants to be there when the Olympic torch arrives in our town and ignites the symbolic beacon. ( The photo above was taken in our town after this was written.) I am the only one who wants to be apart of this history.
When my grandchild not yet born, gets taught about the Olympics and the Queen and gets told about this years events- in the year that they were born- their parent and aunts will say they weren't interested, they couldn't be bothered. Which l feel is a bad attitude to have towards the town and country's future.
This year is already shaping up to be a year of boys births, when 2 years ago it was mostly girls named Maisy.
I would like to say l was there when the town in which my new grandchild was born celebrated these historic events.
Same as l was able to say when the late Princess Diana visited.
These are free celebrations and joyous occasions in a year that will bring personal hardship and sacrifices because of one persons pleasure.
I want to be part of the celebrations as it is me that will face the hardship and me that will make yet more sacrifices.
Yet, l will celebrate alone, l feel, as l have no one else to share these events with. No one else in my family is interested or can be bothered.
I seem to have bred off spring whose enthusiasm and interest in others is sadly lacking. Off spring who respect no one other than themselves. Who do not see outside of their own blinkered boxes. As they are my off spring, is that my doing? Or is it apart of their peerage? Is it part of society with whom history has no part, no place, where historical events mean nothing. Where the only events that matter to them are personal ones, births, deaths and marriages. Actually scrap the marriages in their lives marriage and solid family units don't exist anymore, for the most part 'the family' is a mum and child or a sperm donor. This to them is the norm. This lifestyle does not need history and monarchy and countrywide patriotism.
After all we are English we don't even celebrate our Saints day unlike the Irish.
As a child of a London born Mother, l was taken to see a variety of Royal events and visits. I celebrated the Queens Silver Jubilee, l was taken to a variety of Royal establishments. I cried at the demise of some Royals. I watched events on TV all 50 years of my life.
My off spring like alot of the town and country will enjoy the allocated extra days off work but not the reason for this time off. History and historic events are in the past, they are old. My off spring are not old so have no past and no history.
post script.Since writing this article my pregnant daughter and l attended the Olympic Torch event and thoroughly enjoyed it..