SUPER IMPORTANT, please sign+reblog to support road accessibility for small village in Trinidad and Tobago
Hey guys, so as some of you may know my family is from Tobago which is the smaller sister island of Trinidad. My dad is from Moriah village and his family home is on King Peters Bay Hill, where the only access to any of the homes is through climbing 192 steep, old concrete steps. I’ve done it a few times. It’s exhausting, not to mention dangerous to the people who live there, especially the elders. Ambulances can’t get up there in emergencies. The people of Moriah made a petition for Tobago’s government to replace the steps with a paved road. Please sign and share!! Click here to sign
You don't hate the elderly; you hate people who are living long lives at the expense of others, people whose longevity is made possible via suffering and injustice. There is no generational conflict and there never has been. You have more in common with old people living in poverty than you ever will with someone who watched the same TV shows you did when you were both twelve.
I’m getting so sick of seeing the Prince Phillip - he already looked dead - mocking him stuff.
This isn’t about politics or pro or anti monarchy. This is about looking at an old man and mocking how he looks to the point of saying - are we sure that’s not a dead body? We’re so used to seeing young bodies or older bodies made to look younger that we don’t realise that this is the reality of ageing: really elderly ageing.
My grandad died at 92 and all those photos of Phillip - well that’s how my grandad looked in his last year. It was hard to see him look so ill and it was heartbreaking to see him suffer at the end, but that last year was so special to spend with him.
And the thought that people might have been looking at him and thinking
- is he dead really?
- why isn’t he dead yet?
- zombie man!!!
- is he a corpse?
And then laughing.... that makes me so sad
Because his mind was sharp and he had amazing stories to tell of his history and he gave brilliant advice and he understood rugby like a professional and he could grow anything in his garden and he was my gran’s carer for the 50 years of the life they had together and he was terrible at remembering punchlines and he was a nice man. And you wouldn’t have got any of that by looking at his appearance.
We’re so quick to judge someone on their appearance. And yes - I get that there’s plenty about him to divide people and it’s public knowledge the issues surrounding him and his views. And I’m not advocating making him a saint and forgetting all of that. But he was also an old man. An old man like so many around the country and around the world: in the last stage of their life - looking like they are.
If were going to be body positive it should also count for the very old. If we’re fortunate, we’ll get there someday and hopefully we’ll treat each other better. His appearance wasn’t lovely to see. He looked old and poorly and yes - close to death - as we have now seen. But it’s a fact of life, as we age, our bodies show the signs of it. Maybe we could show some respect to the old folk around us by leaving the mocking words for a man, who reached almost a century, to one side
About 15 years ago, I was given a stack of Cliffs Notes booklets from a bookstore that was going out of business. I’ve always enjoyed reading criticism after finishing a book, so I was happy to take them.
I’m slightly embarrassed to say I’m just reading Jane Eyre for the first time. Ugh. Okay, that said, I went to my pile of Cliffs Notes and found that Jane Eyre was among the booklets I had. I then noticed the name and address sticker pictured here. Curiosity got the best of me, and I decided to look her up.
This is what I found:
I was a little sad for a moment, and then I took a look at the publication date of the Cliffs Notes booklet. It was published in the year 2000. This woman was born in 1914. So she was at least EIGHTY-SIX YEARS OLD when she bought these Cliffs Notes.
That’s so inspiring to me. God, please let my mind still be curious and active enough at 86 that I’m reading literary criticism.
Thank you for giving all of us something to aim for, Felicia Bursht. You certainly were a “role model for the living.” And now you are again. Rest in Peace.
If you live in America (or in some cases, internationally) there are multiple ways you can send a little bit of love to vulnerable people who may be feeling especially isolated this Christmas due to the present state of things.
Village at Morrison’s Cove has requested cards by December 19th for 104 residents: Village at Morrisons Cove, C/O Activities Department, 429 S Market Street, Martinsburg, PA, 16662
Premier at Perry Village has requested cards by December 19th: Premier at Perry Village, Christmas Card Project, 213 E. Main Street, New Bloomfield, PA, 17068.
The Holiday Project delivers cards to elderly people in Texas: Grace Care Center of Cypress, Attn: Donna Martin/The Holiday Project. 9602 Huffmeister Rd, Houston, Texas, 77095.
There is also a massive list of both American and International nursing homes that have requested Christmas cards that can be found here!
Liberation Library is based out of Chicago and aims to provide books to uplift and inspire incarcerated people. More information on them and their card programmes can be found here.
Fairshake also has more information on ways you can send holiday cards to incarcerated people through them here.
Cards for Hospitalized Children is able to distribute cards, as long as you aim to get them in as soon as possible before Christmas. Send to Cards for Hospitalized Kids 7290 W. Devon, Chicago, IL 60631.
Caitlin’s Smiles accepts handmade cards as well as other gifts such as craft supplies, all which can be sent to: Caitlin's Smiles, 3303 North 6th St., Harrisburg, PA, 17110.
Send a Smile 4 Kids has multiple different addresses you can send handmade cards to, which are as follows: SAS4Kids c/o Kris Adams, 1057 Valley Wood Drive, Batavia, OH 45103 OR SAS4Kids c/o Dena Hughes, 3621 N Ferdinand St., Tacoma, WA 98407-4113 OR SAS4Kids c/o Jen Reece, 1561 County Street
Attleboro, MA 02703-6107 OR SAS4Kids c/o Angie Seyer, 2630 Pheasant Run Blvd, Aberdeen, SD 57401.
Please remember to not try to bring up anything negative in these cards - keep it light and happy! Also, I recommend sending multiple cards, just due to the fact that not everyone celebrates Christmas and so it gives you the option to send ones that celebrate other holidays or are simply neutral but festive! Please feel free to add on any more programmes that you are aware of.
Should I do a fan fiction of how Raph got his knitting skills?
My idea would be he would save a fragile old woman's cat from being run over by a car, and the old woman would thank him and offer him some cookies and milk. He would feel bad that she's living all alone and would decide to take care of her from time to time when he can. Of course he would get help from Donnie on how to take care of the elderly, and what medication they take during the day even though Donnie would think its stupid of his own brother to go out and taking care of a poor granny who is by herself. The old woman would teach Raph to knit and crochet and it puts him at ease during his upset days. She would always make him feel at home and he would feel like he truly had a grandmother to be around with who cares and loves him dearly despite being a mutant, and doesn't see him as monstrous or ugly. The ending would be Raph would visit her, but would see through the window, her family would come to visit her in celebrating her 95th birthday, and he would smile and realize she may not be needing him anymore and he would leave shedding a tear with all the good times and realize not all humans are bad after all.
That's just my idea, but what do you guys think? Should I do it? ❤😄
[3 images. A man standing in front of a store. A group of people sitting at a table. A car parked on a city street. Captions: Did Laura Palmer help you with the meals-on-wheels programme, delivering to the elderly? Yeah, Laura helped organise that programme.]