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Out of the mouths of babes …

It’s easy when you’re aware of all that’s wrong in the world to feel despondent. But two things I’ve read over the last week have warmed my heart.

In the aftermath of the controversial vote in the Church of England’s General Synod to continue with the status quo and not consecrate women bishops, my facebook and twitter feeds have been full of disappointment and hurt. I think quite a few of my readers know @RevArun from twitter, I read this and I have to say in the midst of the gloom it raised a smile:

“Just been told my 4 year old daughter’s response was to shout “it’s a disgrace” on being told of #synod result by my wife.”

And then I read a blog post which brought a tear to my eye. Dianne is someone who started commenting on my old Glasgow photo blog a few years ago, and when I returned to her blog to say thank you I loved her blog and her writing and her take on life, and she has become one of my favourite online buddies. The last few years the blog has been enhanced with the regular adventures and words of wisdom of her granddaughter Hope. A couple of weeks ago Dianne and her family and neighbourhood were in the midst of coping with Hurricane Sandy, which was a real worry, and she talked a bit about it on the blog once she got power back. The last word though has to go to Hope: 3 year old wisdom.

It’s so easy to be cynical the longer you see the world and some of the numpties who run it, but these two examples of strong, cool girls have given me so much hope that the future can be better.


I rushed home straight after tutorials (which of course went fine) to watch the inauguration of President Obama – the first time in my life I’ve dropped everything to do that. I arrived home towards the end of Rick Warren’s prayer, went for a wee and found I’d missed half of Aretha Franklin, and then sat glued to the screen for the next hour. What an amazing spectacle it was – I shed a tear or three, and I just loved the guy who gave the benediction at the end! I’m sure Obama won’t be able to fulfil all the huge expectations of him, but that’s because of the enormity of the mess he’s inherited rather than a statement of his ability or lack of it. I feel very hopeful tonight for our world.

And in other news, I only have 36 hours of tutorials left EVER. Not that I’m counting or anything.