Up until the industrial revolution, the pace of change in the world had been fairly sedate. Since then and in particular since the end of World War II this pace accelerated and continues to accelerate.
I think upon the lifetime of Hazel, born at a time of horse and buggy and corsets; when Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson were at the height of their fame. There was a decade long drought across Australian and the stirrings of the trade union movement with the Shearers’ Strike and the formation of the world’s first Labor government (although short-lived). Her birth was in the midst of the constitutional conventions that would lead a few years later to Australian Federation and female emancipation. By the time she had passed away there had been two world wars, the moon landing, the motor car, television and the beginnings of the computer age.
Through all this the constancy of family and hard work remained steady; each with their own rewards. Life was simpler; you trusted in social institutions. You worked the land to feed your family and the community and ultimately to leave it in a good condition for the next generation to run. Farmers understand the concept of legacy; they understand that if you only take from the land eventually there will be no more to give. The land needs to be nurtured.
So what will be the legacy from current generations? Are we nurturing our land or our communities? Or have we become so greedy that we have lost sight of our legacy? When was the last time that our political or civic leaders were brave enough to put forward a vision for the future; beyond the next election or financial reporting cycle or their own lifetimes?
I yearn for some vision. I want to be inspired. I want to be engaged. I want our grandchildren to be at the centre of our decisions.
Do we really want a coal mine in the Liverpool Plains?
“We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” ― David Brower
I know it’s a bit sad to wish away the week but it’s been a very hectic one this week and I’m looking forward to the weekend for so many reasons. Firstly I have a couple of little things to finish sewing for Xmas (surprise! surprise!), I’ve got 2 days off work which is always a plus, and most excitedly my family is gathering on Sunday for our Xmas celebrations!
They will all be here for breakfast before the g-children start decorating the Xmas tree. This will be followed by gift giving, which includes a lucky dip option this year for the adults. The boys are then heading off for youngest g-son’s indoor soccer game while the girls are going off for manicures and finally we gather together again for a late but leisurely lunch.
Its going to be a busy but good weekend. I hope yours is too.
When I’m not sewing I do enjoy visits from my grand children. But sometimes they leave things being after their visits; I’m sure this happens with other grand parents as well!
Recently one of my grand daughters left behind her precious ring. It was left under a chair after she left.
The sparkly elephant found it and thought it looked really good on his trunk, nice to add some colour to his other sparkles, he thought.
But the other elephants liked the ring as well and wanted to wear it too.
They started to argue about it. And luckily kindly Buddha stepped in and said to the naughty elephants “this is not your ring but belongs to Ali, I shall look after it until she returns to claim it.”
The past two weekends have been special because both of them have centred on family events. We had a special birthday last weekend which resulted in the coming together of all my brothers and sister for the first time in over 5 years. We gathered together on the NSW Central Coast with us coming from all over the country and the world. These times, as is obvious, are too infrequent and were especially important to my mother; even more so that the birthday boy!
This weekend we celebrated the baptism of one of our newer members of the family! This also resulted in our family coming together for the day. I so enjoy seeing my grandchildren excited about being together and revelling in each other’s company and I especially love having my children together.
I delivered the long-awaited quilt to my oldest grandson this morning, a little late but now he joins his twin sister with his own Nanny-made quilt, made especially for him. I do hope he enjoys it! Maybe that is why it is so wet and cold here today – give him a reason to snuggle up in it!!! What do you think? Pretty neat I reckon
And the 2nd of the 3 little girls got her reversible dress and romper today as well! I’m happy with the result and the 1st of them wore her dress this morning; enjoying it which is very satisfying as any sewer would appreciate. So now that the celebrations are over this weekend, I’m back to the machine to get the 3rd of this set done. Besides it is too wet and cold to do much else!