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Wednesday, 1 June 2011

I'm Grateful for...The Gallery

There are so many many things for which I am extremely grateful.  My amazing husband, my beautiful children, my home, my extended family, the luxury of being a SAHM, my friends (real life and virtual), my possessions and my health.  However, with all our attention drawn to the wonderful work of Save the Children and the #passiton project, this week my entry into The Gallery shows my gratitude at being born in the UK.  I am grateful to be a citizen of an economically developed country with all the privileges and benefits that that entails. 

My first photo was taken by my daughter Megan who visited South Africa to visit a school in Vukani that her school raised funds for.  They visited the townships, the orphanages and the AIDS projects in a life changing adventure that opened her eyes to how other people lived.  She witnessed such poverty and deprivation, but the thing that moved her most was the spirit and pride of the people.


The second photograph was taken yesterday.  I took my two youngest to the local Garden Centre for lunch and a play in the well equipped play area.  My children have never known hunger, poverty or need.  They are well fed, educated, healthy.  They have a Health Service that protects them. They have clean running water. They have a home made from bricks and mortar and all the material possessions that make their lives comfortable and easy.  They have a bright future.


The little boy in the photo and Freddy aren't so different...but are worlds apart.  

I am grateful for how lucky we are.

20 comments:

  1. Multiple Mummy1 June 2011 at 10:33

    Absolutely true. To think that our little ones won't know life without technology and communication and that others have never seen a running tap. We are lucky and indeed grateful. A lovely post honey. x

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  2. Lovely! We are so lucky! xx

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  3. Beautiful comparison. We are, indeed blessed :) x

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  4. A heart wrenching post and yes, we are so lucky x

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  5. What a lovely post. You are so right at how lucky we are in the UK.

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  6. So very very true. We should all be thankful for what really amounts to a fortuitous accident of birth location.

    So glad this campaign is doing the blog rounds. It seems the focus has been off the world's true needy for far too long as we worry about our own economic misfortunes. Being no longer able to afford a holiday is hardly the same. We are lucky xX

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  7. A very true and fitting post for this week. I feel very grateful to be born here in the UK too and the same applies to my children. We are so fortunate and I think we forget just how much most of the time. Xx

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  8. Fantastic post. We have so much to feel grateful for!

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  9. Mummyandthebeastie1 June 2011 at 14:49

    What a thought provoking way to show how different lives can be depending on where you are born. I think at the times we might moan and then remember there is always someone worse off than us...x

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  10. Beautiful comparison and you are so right, they aren't so different but the chasm of inequality is enormous.

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  11. Such a fantastic post Wendy and so true. We are no different, our children are no different but we indeed worlds apart and it's so awful that the world has to be this way xxx

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  12. Working London mummy1 June 2011 at 17:25

    What a fabulous post. Really true and puts it in perspective

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  13. So true and it really is amazing. Great post. x

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  14. Great contrasting shots that get the message over very powerfully

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  15. Gorgeous sentiment hon and something we should all be grateful for. xx

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  16. Such a great post...highlight's perfectly how lucky we are to live in such a developed country and how very different our lives would be if we didn't... (I am now following you too!)

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  17. It's heartbreaking to see the differences,isn't it? We should be really grateful for all that we have. Great post!

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  18. the simplicity of your post speaks volumes
    we are very lucky, aren't we and sometimes we forget just how lucky we are.
    thank you for sharing

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  19. great post xx

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