Well, what a week eh? And we’re only halfway through!
I had hoped so desperately that I’d be including a photo of the England team holding that trophy aloft, ending the famous 55 years of hurt. Instead, as a nation we’re experiencing a different kind of hurt. But unlike the helplessness of watching penalties; we have an element of power to change the outcome of this situation. We only have to look at the outpouring of love and support directed at Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka to see that. Whether it’s the beautiful letters written to them by school children, the millions of supportive posts on social media, or the rallying of Withington residents to cover Marcus Rashord’s mural in love hearts, the evidence is overwhelming: There are far more good people than bad. There is much more love than hate. And how brilliant is it that we can all play our small part in effecting change?
If like me you’ve had to have some difficult conversations with children about racism over the past couple of days, maybe you too have decided to turn this into a positive, learning opportunity. I’ve compiled a list of some wonderful books for young people of all ages which are great for introducing the topic and starting this very important discussion. I hope you find them inspiring and insightful.
My friend Steph brought this great campaign to my attention today, and I’d love to share it with you. For once it doesn’t involve me badgering you for money or donations (hurray!) as the Crowdfunder has already surpassed it’s target, but nevertheless it’s a story which should be shared far and wide. It’s the story of Jack Leslie, who should’ve been England’s first ever black player. His name was removed from the squad list when some members of the selection panel discovered he was black. It’s a shocking piece of history, but some brilliant fans at Plymouth Argyle are determined he will be honoured with a statue, and that his story will be used in an effort to celebrate and promote equality and diversity. Have a read, and give it a share if you fancy.
Lastly, if the ending of all the rules we’ve had to live by for the last 18 months is making you feel a bit nervous; why not revisit this post on managing anxiety. I hope it helps you head into summer (could we have a side order of sunshine with that please?) with a big smile on your face.