I hope you all enjoyed a lovely Easter. I had too much chocolate but lots of time with friends and family which is never too much. The title of my blog conjures up many images especially during the dreadful events of the past month and wider conflicts affecting thousands of people. One incident this month gave me reason to hope personally and in the wider context.
Every March I join a group of people to collect for Marie Curie Care, originally cancer care but now helping in other areas of care. The symbol for the charity is a bright yellow daffodil. I am Welsh and our national emblem is a daffodil, or a leek, I expect you know my preference! The friend who coordinates us all met me with a collection tin and a tray of yellow daffodil pins plus a bright yellow daffodil hat. “Janey I know you won’t mind wearing this in aid of a good cause” he says, yes I stood for two hours wearing a large, yellow daffodil hat! It was in a good cause and the smiles, comments and fun that resulted were well worth feeling stupid. The wind was whistling around me, rain threatened, it was freezing cold but I had an amazing two hours. People were so generous, children and teenagers queued to put money in my tin and have their pin. Everyone was cheery, smiling, chatting to strangers. One lady brought me out a cup of hot chocolate from our local coffee shop. Others shared their stories of family members and friends who had been helped by this charity, some their personal challenges coming to terms with cancer. I felt privileged to be there and forgot about feeling ridiculous. People all over the country take part in this collection so it wasn’t me alone in a yellow hat, the good that results from us doing this small thing is endless. People are given hope, help, support, love and time. The burden of seeing a loved one in pain and despair is shared. Hope makes lives brighter even in the darkest hours. The people in my town helped too and made me realise how open-hearted and generous most folk are. Laughter is like a drug, one of us laughs and soon everyone is joining in. Simplistic but hopeful. (I’m the second from the right with hat and tray!)
In full colour!
The words of the song my choir wrote, a musical rendition is not possible. They express hope too.
When will I see the sun
Red tape and barbed wire
Clipping my wings, curbing my flight
When will I see the sun
Hope is warming the soul
Possibilities unfurl, possibilities
Like water from a fountain
Like a bird flying free
I’m standing in the sun
Full of possibility
Hold my hand walk with me
Together we are one
Community sings unity rings
Now we can feel the sun
Repeat Chorus then Bridge
Frustration, discrimination, isolation, desperation
Aspiration, elation, inspiration, celebration