The prompt for this month, by Pieces of Jade, is Change and she asked
What does the word “change” inspire in you? Change of heart, sea change, perhaps the change in your pocket? Does it inspire fear or excitement? Dread or anticipation? Show me what the word means to you in an image!
I spent a long time pondering this challenge and to be quite honest with you up until yesterday I still had not come up with anything. Today (Saturday) Michael and I, along with some other friends, attended the March for Europe in London to join our voices with the other 40,000+ people who turned up to protest about the UK’s possible exit from the EU. I say possible, because right now parliament is in utter disarray and what is going to happen in the next week or so is completely up in the air let alone in the months to come.
The result of the EU has changed everything about my country. The stability that was common place has vanished. Not only financially but also socially. Being in London today helped to make me realise that I do live in a fine country. The people on the march were happy, friendly and welcoming. As we walked along I heard a huge number of different languages being spoken. The people in front of us at one point were Canadian, the man who heard Michael talking and came over to him because he was a fellow American, the Dutch girls with the funny sign, the group of gentlemen who were Portuguese. The list goes on and on. This is what my country is about. Diversity.
Then someone handed me a safety pin and I remembered that I now live in a country where some people feel the need to wear a symbol that shows they support and welcome the migrants in our communities. I put the pin into the cuff of my jumper. Of all the changes that the EU referendum has bought to my country the rise in racism is the one I’m the sadness and most horrified about and the one that I will fight against the most.