Sunday, 13 November 2016

For Your Tomorrow...









 Now, let me make my poppy position clear. As with all else in Northern Ireland, it becomes as divisive as the way you pronounce the letter "h" or as the way you answer the question, "Where did you go to school?" With this year being the centenary of both the Somme and the Easter Rising, you can imagine which event was claimed by each set of hard-line defenders of culture, heritage and identity. And I'm not particularly interested in belonging to either one of them, thank you very much. I find this day and these rememberings just as painfully poignant as anyone else. I have, with my army childhood rooted in The Troubles, just as many reservations about our dealing with the past as the next forty-something Northern Irish native. As a mother, I work hard at discussing all of it with as much good sense and faith perspective as I can muster.

However, when our Hookery group was asked by the council to produce two installations to mark the Somme centenary in our local Mossley Mill and the council offices in Antrim, I did crochet my little heart out. Admittedly my thirteen poppies were but a small offering towards the 282 we needed to symbolise twice the 141 days of the Battle of the Somme. It was undeniably moving to watch the huge pile of individual poppies on the table come together into a collective whole, twice! All the different patterns and shades and textures becoming on vibrant flower, twice. For me it represented more even than the 420,000 individual lives lost in one huge and bloody whole. On a much smaller, but more hopeful, scale it depicted what our Hookery group is for me. Individual women coming together with their different ages, stages, worries, joys, stories, and forming one very warm, very lovely, very supportive whole.

Heather Boss' account of the poppies is over on the Hookery blog. The two pieces are called: For Your Tomorrow and They Gave Their Today. I am so sorry to all who have and to all who do and to all who will.  That we should live in such a world as this.




9 comments:

Pom Pom said...

Good work, Mags!

ellen b said...

How nice to work together for this project.

Kezzie said...

They are beautiful! Very well done for your contribution!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Yes, such a world as this...we have mightily destroyed what our Father wanted for us. Thankfully, He has given us a way to redeem ourselves.
While in Dublin, I considered attending the theatre...Battle of the Somme...but found I lacked the courage to see it while on holiday. So many gave everything, some gave a lot; my heartfelt gratitude to all who served.

Gumbo Lily said...

Your hookery group sounds like a good place with good ladies.

M.K. said...

Those are amazing, Mags! So proud of all you ladies and your contribution to your culture and heritage. It's always hard and complicated, but it's so important to be part of it.

Lisa Richards said...

A beautiful tribute!

GretchenJoanna said...

I envy you your hookery group, Mags. It's wonderful to have a group of women who can join together like this year in and year out to do their craft and just be friends. A great gift!

And the poppies, the redness and the sheer numbers, are really impressive!

Fat Dormouse said...

How wonderful. And thought provoking too.