Generations

I was sent a short video to mark International  Women’s Day and it showed three young women who basically blamed all their ills on the previous generation. It was brilliantly put together and very funny.

However it set me thinking. Was this the way, that women who gave up paid employment in order to look after their family full-time were in fact being judged?

Since becoming one of those women back in the 1990’s, I found that society but to a greater extent working women saw me as something to be derided, belittled or totally ignored. I was told that “I was a pariah on society, taking without giving” .

I have been privileged to have met so many women mainly in the 50 plus age limit who are strong women. These women cared for elderly relatives, reared children, were and some still are active in their churches, started voluntary bodies which have since been taken over by state bodies, supported schools and worked unpaid for all their adult lives.

They have enabled others to have choices and they are still supporting their families with many of them taking on the childminding roles for the next generation. Some are finding  a new source of education through the next generation.

I was talking with a seventy year old lady recently. Dympna was inspired by a young twenty year old woman who communicated, read, interacted all through her mobile phone. Dympna now uses her mobile for everything from emails, to bill paying to basic phone calls. In turn she is now teaching it.

I am firmly of the opinion that there is so much to learn from every generation. No one generation is better than another but just think what can be done when the minds of different generations come together with respect.

 

 

 

 

Saint Patrick’s Day

Tomorrow March 17th is Saint Patrick’s Day.  It is a national holiday here in Ireland.

Each town and city will hold a parade show casing community organisations.  Children involved with every pastime imaginable will march behind every type of band or music group.

Communities within the towns will parade celebrating the diversity and the commonality of the area.

It is amazing that Saint Patrick’ Day will be celebrated in so many parts of the world, with parades and even buildings going “green”.

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For some the day will start with a religious ceremony.  Saint Patrick is actually only one of the three patron saints of Ireland.  The others  being St Brigid and Saint Columcille.

 

The day itself has become known as Paddy’s Day however, it is a huge mistake to call it Patty’s Day.

No matter where you are can I wish you a very happy

                                     Saint Patrick’s Day.