Sent home early from work today (well, an hour early, anyway) because of fears of more rioting. Personally, I think it’s a lot of fuss over almost nothing, but lots of people who should know better seem to be whipping themselves into a frothing frenzy over the actions of a relatively small group of troublemakers.
Not a lot of work was getting done in the office anyway because of all the excited chatter about the riots and everyone following developments on Twitter and Facebook. I seem to have spent half the day “debating” with people whose answer to most problems, including the riots, is to “bring the army in!”
The trouble is, when asked “To do what, exactly?” they don’t really know, given that the army can’t simply set up machine-gun posts on Peckham High Street or bomb Clapham.
Sadly, many adults seem to be a bit confused, mistaking “the army” for “magical wish-granting fairies,” not realising that one is a military force intended for killing people, while the other is simply a figment of a child’s imagination.
I’ll let you figure out which is which.
So at the moment, whenever “the army” is mentioned, I’ve begun mentally replacing it with “the magical fairies“. Sanity and laughter levels have soared as a result – why not try it for yourself? The next time someone starts ranting about sending in the army to fix something that doesn’t involve killing people imagine instead that they want to “send in the magic fairies to sort things out.”
So much more fun than the boring old army!
I was asked at work if the girls were scared of what was going on. “No,” I said. For a start the girls are at Grandma and Granddad’s, no doubt blissfully unaware of the imminent fall of Western Civilisation; but the other reason they’re not scared is because we won’t give them reason to be scared. Not to mention that I’m really not scared. Really. Not in the slightest.
I may have a lot of mixed feelings about these riots, but fear isn’t part of that mix.
As for the Lovely Melanie – we can all be jolly proud of her “Blitz Spirit” tonight. She had plans to meet up with some friends in the centre of town and, by golly, she’s gone to meet up with her friends in the centre of town! 🙂