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Be not afraid

25 August, 2017

Don’t be afraid, though your child only wants to eat white bread, pasta and grapes and the food pyramid is burned upon your mind and grapes are so expensive. Fear not because one day, in a month or a year or five, they’ll discover that vegetables are delicious and they’ll crave carrots and mushrooms. Take a breath and think of my flatmate Mel who didn’t eat any vegetables apart from peas until she was 19 and now she is a healthy mum who love stir fries and curries and even salads.

Don’t be afraid, though your children are fizzing shards of asteroid bouncing up the street on a pavement right next to a road where the trucks thunder by and your throat closes as you imagine… fear not, because you call them close and wise them up on staying on the inside of the pavement and you let the next rush of wind behind a bus blow away your pictures so you can focus on the fireworks your child is lighting into the sky with her excited words about her day.

Don’t be afraid, though your daughters are growing up in an image obsessed world, where teenagers photoshop their selfies for Instagram and write their name and address on the depression database.  Don’t fear it, because you call yourself a Goddess and they will see you and know it’s true and they will hold their bellies and called themselves a Goddess too.

Don’t be afraid, though there are facists marching under a president that won’t condemn them and there is more racist grafiti on the walls and vehicles driving into crowds in all your favourite cities. Rest in this; love is more powerful than hate. Humankind’s love is an ocean deep that can absorb the trickle of sewerage. Don’t be afraid; you are raising your children to look into the eyes and hearts of their neighbours, you are raising a generation of people bound by their humanity not cut off from each other, severed by difference.

Don’t be afraid, though it sometimes seems the whole world is doing things differently to you and someone told you you should be doing this and you need to have done that. Fear not, because you are listening to your heart, feeling deep and thinking hard and you know exactly what to do. Lean on your wisdom and shrug off convention and hear thousands of women through the ages whispering to you “we did it that way, too.”

And, finally, don’t be afraid of that, because that hasn’t happened yet and right now, in this moment, you are here and you are trying your best and just this morning you heard your children’s laughter ring out like a peal of bells and you understood that happiness flooded them from head to toe and your love for them is the sea and they are the boat.

Rest easy, mama. Don't be afraid

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10 Comments

  • Reply Rose Arnold 25 August, 2017 at 10:54 am

    A huge YES. I really needed this reminder today. Things are a little rough and tired right now. I will print this off, old school style, and stick it somewhere for when I forget ♥♥

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 26 August, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      Thank you Rose. Get it on the fridge with a magent, that’s old school 😀

  • Reply Heather D 25 August, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    This is SO beautiful Lucy! Thank you. I may print this out and stick it on my wall – such helpful reminders.

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 26 August, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks for reading Heather x x

  • Reply Sarah 25 August, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Really great.
    Especially like “Fear not, because you are listening to your heart, feeling deep and thinking hard and you know exactly what to do.”
    I am starting to feel this confidence myself.

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 26 August, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      Awesome! And may it grow x

  • Reply IrishRebel 25 August, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Oh, Lucy! I needed to hear this more than anything. Thank you so much! <3

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 26 August, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      Thank you Irishrebel. Love to you x

  • Reply Jenna 25 August, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Lucy I think this is just what a lot of people needed to hear. So many of the things I am fearing covered in this piece…..especially the lack of vegetables and quantity of crappy beige food in my 9 yr olds diet!

    Thanks for that x

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 26 August, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      Yeah, Ive been feeling it strong this week. Our need to be fearless!

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