A London day.

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London bewilders me. A city with futuristic glass construction and derelict tree growing buildings on the same street. I don’t understand empty houses and shops, boarded up and scrawled on, and people sleeping in doorways.

We went to the MyKidsy blogger networking event. I was fascinated by what MyKidsy are doing, offering opportunities to children outside school not dissimilar to what I want to offer via home education. And the audience was very interested in what I had to say on home ed as well, so it felt like a good day out all round.

And then we walked and talked, me and Small, and made our way to a fabric warehouse that seemed to have been caught in time. Big mentioned the irony of me using that description when I was trying to find fabric for our own time travelling adventures ;)

She had a good day with the smaller children. They did some work on Smallest’s new blog. Spent time in the garden. Played horses. (And yes, Tim was here too. But he didn’t play horses. That I know of ;) )

I came home, as I always do, with a head full of discordance. It takes me hours to decompress. I’ve sat here all evening failing to achieve anything except confusion.

Why do we all look where the politicians are pointing? We are like children at a magician’s show, forcing ourselves to see magic instead of sleight of hand. What are we afraid we might have to deal with if we look at what they are covering up?

I wonder how much money is wasted on enforcing policies that cause pain and division. How much does it cost in human terms to label scroungers over housing benefit when the money ends up with landlords, not the tenants? Why do we as a society berate the unemployed while making it easier for employers to exploit people with flexible contracts that are little better than state sponsored slavery?

And tonight I’ve read that a privatised energy firm, while paying out massive dividends, is negotiating blackout conditions with customers? How does this make any sense?

I almost wish there was a magic spell that could whisk away my confusion.

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Comments

  1. London bewilders me too. Buildings…people… everything varies so much from one to the next. I love to visit, but could never live there and am yet to take little one along with me. I’m not that brave.

    Ryan @ http://dad-creek-without-a-paddle.webnode.com/

    • Jax Blunt says:

      I certainly couldn’t live there. I’ve taken all four children in on occasion, but it’s quite a nerve wracking undertaking, and I much prefer to go with just one or two of them.

  2. I’m reading a book called ‘Red Love – The Story of an East German Family’ currently. It’s a fascinating insight into human nature, which may seem a bit of a random comment on your post, but it feels very connected to me, but in a way I can’t express in this moment.

    • Jax Blunt says:

      Sounds quite connected. I think I was pondering on human nature, but not in a very clear way. Also don’t think I really got across my discomfort with the idea there are boarded up buildings that people are prevented from using, falling into disrepair, and people living on the streets with no roof or walls.

  3. I feel the same about London. It seems restless and ill at ease with itself – supposedly the flagship of western success yet it still has the trappings of Victorian Britain with the homeless poor left to rot in the doorways of the rich. Empty buildings look sad to me not because their windows are boarded or smashed but because of the un tapped potential they have to change lives.
    Personally I think blackouts seem to be a very good way of showing the worker bees who exactly is in charge.
    Anyway on a much happier note I am glad that the talk went so well and I wonder just how many families are considering home ed as a very real option now? I wish I could have been there :)

    • Jax Blunt says:

      I think the word is spreading. Ten years ago the first question I was asked every time was “is that legal”. Now it’s how do you do it, do you have to follow the national curriculum, what about qualifications – which at least means the legality of it has sunk in :) Would have been good to see you!

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