I Am Not Washing My Husband’s Bras

Thanks for all the positive comments on the short story and please keep them coming.  I’d especially like to know if you guessed the ending and if so, what gave it away.  I hope it fares better in any case than my previous story, the one which began ‘I am Washing My Husband’s Bras’.  I thought it deserved a better fate than to be completely ignored in the Mslexia short story competition, but it didn’t even get shortlisted.

*sigh*

I may send it off to another competition.

Aanyway, today it’s a lovely day here in blogland and already I’ve been pervasive along Queen’s Rd as we had our usual Friday morning breakfast at Fingerprints.  We often end up having discussions of one kind or another over breakfast and today was no exception as we started on the topic of the election.  Mark is much more down about this than I am as he thinks it’s evidence that people are basically very self-centred and deceitful: I’m not sure what it’s evidence of, but I’m regrouping myself (if an individual can regroup themselves) to do things differently.  What that will involve I’m not sure but I’ll keep you posted.

Even more than self-centredness, which is depressing enough, what makes me gloomy is apathy.  I understand people feeling that politicians are all the same, that you can’t trust any of them and that nothing changes: what I can’t see is what these people who don’t vote would do instead.  So if you didn’t vote – not because you weren’t eligible, but because you didn’t want to – please let me know why.

I promise I won’t tear you apart – I’d just really like to know.

Changing the subject, I’ve just realised with a shock that it’s only just over a month till the start of Artbeat!  Five weeks from today the whole thing will kick off and I’ll be doing my Artbeat Opening Ode at Christchurch on Clarendon Park Rd.  So please put the date in your diaries and come down for the launch, from 5.30 on Friday 19th June.  More details to come.

Meanwhile, have a good weekend.  What have you got planned?  I’ve got Tomatoes tomorrow followed by gardening, then a shared lunch at the Quaker Meeting on Sunday.

Kirk out

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4 responses to “I Am Not Washing My Husband’s Bras

  1. I voted Labour, albeit without enthusiasm. But as I was putting my cross in the box, I reflected that it’s been a long time since I thought of myself as any kind of socialist, or even ‘leftist’ and that my gesture of voting Labour was simply an atavistic impulse, because it’s what people in my family have always done and what I’ve always done.

    I have to accept, though, that nowadays I lean more to the right than to the left. If I’m brutally honest with myself, I’m sceptical about the value of mulitculturalism, I think I pay enough tax, my immediate worries are rising prices and how I’m going to replace my car (I need to own one, I can’t rely on public transport) and I’m fearful of the future. I recognise that these are petty parochial issues in the wider scheme of things but – like so many people – I’m not always able to consider the wider scheme of things. Just surviving (if not prospering) is all I can think about.

    Also, I’ve come to recognise that I don’t actually like people much. I may like certain individuals but as for humanity, en masse…well, you can keep it. As Jonathan Swift once said, ‘I do despise that animal called man, save for certain Williams, Thomases and Peters….’ (though I’m fond of certain Cathryns, Alisons and Jennies, too).

    I’ve just described a classic right-wing mindset – and it’s my own. I don’t think I can be all that atypical: but I was dishonest enough NOT to vote Tory. I can’t really condemn all those honest people who did….

  2. The Green Party manifesto was much praised – largley, though, by professional intellectuals like Terry Eagleton. I read it (it didn’t take long)and could honestly say I agreed with everything in it – and therein lay the problem: it was a utopian document, a manifesto for the day after tomorrow. Also, I don’t think you can make your choice based entirely on agreeing with a Party’s policies – you have to BELIEVE that that Party can effect those policies. In the case of the Greens, I knew that they couldn’t – not just because of their inexperienced leadership/membership, but mainly because commerical interests and the dreaded industrial/military complex would find a way to block them should they ever find themselves in power.

    • Sarada Gray

      I can see your point but isn’t it a bit defeatist? If you never vote for anything because the powers-that-be are against it then you are effectively denying the possibility of change. No-one thought that, for example, India would gain independence or that Nelson Mandela would be President of South Africa or that women would get the vote or that slavery would be abolished. In all these cases the powers-that-be were firmly set against change- and yet change happened. One of the powerful arguments for a change in teh electoral system is that smaller parties can point to the number of votes they got and relate that to the number of MP’s. The more people vote for them, the stronger that argument becomes. Also, if you agree with Green policies presumably you agree that climate change is real, so if we don’t face that problem where will we all be?

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