Words for Wednesday

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I’m exhausted from a long day at the polls yesterday, but also delighted.   After another night’s sleep, I’ll pull together my thoughts (and, trust me, I have a few of them) on our victory in Virginia.  One of my main thoughts has been a quote  from William Churchill:

[T]his is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.  Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.  We stood all alone a year ago, and to many countries it seemed that our account was closed, we were finished.  All this tradition of ours, our songs, our School history, this part of the history of this country, were gone and finished and liquidated.

Very different is the mood today.  Britain, other nations thought, had drawn a sponge across her slate.  But instead our country stood in the gap.  There was no flinching and no thought of giving in; and by what seemed almost a miracle to those outside these Islands, though we ourselves never doubted it, we now find ourselves in a position where I say that we can be sure that we have only to persevere to conquer.

And, remembering Churchill, I also remember my conversation  with Dolores Ashcroft Nowiki, when she  told me:

There is a legend, two legends in fact, one of Arthur saying, “When England needs me I will be back.”  And there’s another one of Francis Drake saying, “If you need me, beat my drum and I will be there.”  And I think that when England was attacked, Arthur did not appear on Glastonbury Tor holding Excalibur.  What happened [was] his essence woke up in every single person and it was a question of “Do what you like, you’re not going to set foot on British soil.” Churchill, when  he said “We will fight you, we will fight you on the streets, [and so on],” that was what went through.

So, those are our words for this Wednesday.  Never give up and remember that each of us has to do our part, not just wait for some “great man (or woman) of history” to appear and fix things.

/hat tip to Sia for sharing this picture with me

9 responses to “Words for Wednesday

  1. So back to MBfA…are we still at Excaliber; imagining life after Drumpf…sorry what with essays, elections, etc I’m a little confuZzled. Thanks and BB

  2. Yes, we have to do what we can, even if it is just to go vote! Way to go Virginia!

  3. Thanks luv…..we did it!!! Virginian heah ERA all the Way

  4. Renee Robb-Cohen

    Soooo tickled at VA turning blue! It gives me hope about NC.

    There is an Irish legend about Maeve, who’s supposedly buried under a hill, who still stands in all her armor facing Ulster, that when she is needed, she will return.

  5. CONGRATULATIONS!
    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
    —Margaret Mead

  6. THANK YOU for all your hard work and your MAGIC! Time to celebrate, and then get back to work!

  7. Love love love — go, Virginia, and Kentucky, and all the rest of us.

  8. P.S. The persistence part is crucial. Yesterday at a meeting I caught up with a compañera who was finally out and about after a health reversal and still feeling a little shaky. “Don’t overdo it,” I said. “This is the dangerous time.” Which is a cliché and we both know it, but it applies to all of us who are justifiably and quite rightly daring to believe that 2017 and 2018 weren’t flukes. In dog training (and, I think, childraising) we talk about “extinction bursts” — the last hurrah of a behavior you’re trying to get rid of. That’s what Trump and the Republicans and the white supremacists are exhibiting right now. It’s going to get worse, but hold on.

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