This week’s post is brought to you by the words “thank” and “you”
It was a whirlwind decision to move (taking less than a week from application to interview to move) but I always knew I had somewhere to come home to and that removed all my fear. My mum’s parting words were “not everyone gets what they dream of Jennifer, but you’re about to” before giving me a cuddle, a kiss and a smile and waving me from the front step in her dressing gown. I’d always wanted to live in London and now I was on my way.
The second Thank You this week was to find a suitable gift for one of the generous donations to our school. It seemed silly to raise money from people and then spend money sending flowers so I decided to make a flower instead. The best way I know to do this is to knit one:
If you want info on how to make one yourself, visit my knitting blog. I suspect I’m going to have to find ways of saying thank you to lots of people this year. In the meantime, I’ll use my powers for good and try to raise money rather than spend it.
Thank You number three goes to two amazing women from the Democratic Republic of Congo who were kind enough to give a talk at this weeks Care International: Call Yourself an Activist workshop. Victoria Dove Dimandja and Jose Musau Kalanda from the “It Must Stop” campaign, talked passionately about the terrible treatment of women in the DR Congo, urging us to join together on 25th November to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The workshop itself was to guide participants in the best way to lobby your MP and raise awareness through different means and encourage action against these very issues. If this is an issue you care about, please take action in whatever way you can to raise awareness and change the lives for women living in servitude, poverty and violence.
The fourth Thank You this week was from Nick Kristof’s tweet linking to a blog called Skirting the Limits. This blog is written by an american girl who is taking a year out to travel round parts of the developing world, volunteering and working to empower women and bring attention to their cause. Her latest post was written as a thank you to her mum who she credits with raising her “in an environment where no limitations existed because of gender”. I can relate to that as someone who was raised to believe she could do anything. The thing I look forward to most about Janie’s School when it’s built is being able to give that feeling of encouragement, support and safety to other girls who are no less deserving than any of us.
So I’m ending the week with these Thank You’s:
My sister Paula, for being a brilliant mum to my niece and giving her the support and encouragement we always had and more, as well as being the best friend and sister anyone could ask for. My dad for being the blue print for all fathers of daughters, even with the bickering. My husband Simon for believing in the things I do and fighting with me to make things better.
Massive thanks finally to everyone who has contributed, will contribute and those who are running their own events and fund raisers on our behalf. Here’s to a brilliant year xxx