This is a blog in two parts.
Part One – Hiding
Sometimes, particularly when the evenings are getting dark and the politics of the world are getting darker, I have to find a place to hide.
I don’t mean literally hide. I think my husband might want to know where I am eventually. Or my dog Watson Jones would give me away when he fancied a snack.
I mean hide away from the world and take myself somewhere else.
This can be achieved for me in two ways.
I can write a story. I love the act of creating, a world, characters, relationships and a plot. It completely takes me away from ‘real life’.
The second way is to read a book.
When I was a child and we used to play Hide and Seek, the seekers would very often have to come find me because I’d nestled into a corner with a good book somewhere. I read most of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe while my sister and our friend Lewis waited for me to look for them.
To give my brain a chance to hide at the moment I am going to read lovely books.
I’ve just been given a copy of ‘A Whisper of Horses’ by the absolutely brilliant Zillah Bethell and I’ll be tucking into that this evening along with my hot chocolate.
And I’ve just bought a copy of ‘Winter Magic’ which is a collection of short stories by an absolutely magical line-up of writers. Emma Carroll, Abi Elphinstone, Michelle Magorian, Jamila Gavin, Berlie Doherty, Geraldine McCaughrean, Katherine Woodfine, Amy Alward, Lauren St John, Piers Torday and Michelle Harrison.
Whenever I feel gloomy I am going to pick up this book and read a little bit of magic to cheer myself up.
I’ve also just surfaced from reading The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange and I highly recommend you read it too.
Part Two – Hoping
You may have heard lots of comments about politics and elections and disagreements over these things being debated heatedly.
I won’t go into detail here because I’ll have to run off to hide in one of the hopeful books I’ve recommended in Part One.
But I was reminded today that there is hope in this world. And guess what? You are it!
I was interviewed by some young people today for a job in a school. The youngest interviewers were aged eight and the panel consisted of pupils from three different schools. They were made up of different ethnicities, different interests, different beliefs, different ages, different senses of humour – not one of them got the joke I told…
So I said to the horse – why the long face?
and they were all brilliant.
They worked as a team. They were friendly and warm. They were funny and smart. They were the future. And I felt hope again as I walked out of that interview. Not about the job – I’m fairly sure my joke put the nail in the coffin on that one – but that the future of our world is in safe hands. Your hands.
So keep reading. Educate yourself. Discuss things. Look up the work of other young people and see how they are changing the world. Do your best to change it for the better yourself. Be kind. You have the power to make amazing things happen.
Emma Watson springs to mind as a brilliant ambassador for the changes young people can bring about. Who would have thought she would be out there changing the world? Look her up and see the amazing work she is doing.
My niece Rosie who is an ambassador for the Cardiff based charity ‘Bullies Out’ springs to mind. She is eleven and attends conferences and works to make things better for people. *Proud Aunty Eloise moment going on here*
What do you want to change? How can you make the world a better place? You have the power to do great things. Go! Do them!
But before you leave….
Can you teach me any good jokes please? I think I need them.