Future Fridays

Come pass some time with me,

and watch the children play,

Passing Time by Donald Paterson, Fendalton Library

Passing Time by Donald Paterson, Fendalton Library

for it is for them,

I vote this way.

 Early Voting, Fendalton Library, for New Zealand elections, 20 September, 2014

Early Voting, Fendalton Library, for New Zealand elections, 20 September, 2014

With healing and love,

Gallivanta

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66 thoughts on “Future Fridays

  1. mmmarzipan

    We just had our elections here too. The results were quite unsettling and no one in this country is really happy with them (except maybe the most extreme right party, who managed to do very well). Sorry things didn’t pan out the way you’d have liked x

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  2. Just Add Attitude

    I have to confess I haven’t been following what’s happening in your part of the world but I am sorry you didn’t get the election result you hoped for. It’s really good to see public sculpture and I hope that it continue to be commissioned every where.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Our election results made the International BBC news for a couple of minutes. 😀 Which is good because that means they were quiet and well-conducted with no big dramas.

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  3. KerryCan

    Here I am, showing up late again, wishing I could just stop and play childhood games with you! It seems we’re all voting on such important issues right now–scary for us, and for the children.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      But isn’t it wonderful that we do know the same games and that even today children’s games are the same the world over? I suppose the same can be said for other games too. How mighty are games! We should stop and play them more often.

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  4. diannegray

    I remember a time when we used to play jacks with real knuckle bones (now I’m showing my age!) That’s a lovely statue.

    I hope you get the future you’re promised after this election 😉

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Oh, yes, we had real knuckle bones!! The future we are going to get is not the one I wanted but it is the one I expected we would get. But I had my chance to vote and I took it, so now we live with this Government for the next 3 years. Hey, could be worse! 🙂 By the way, downloaded “Let Sleeping Gods Lie” yesterday and started reading last night. 🙂 A good antidote to the elections.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you. 🙂 I thought you would appreciate my sentiments. Unfortunately the election results coming through right now are not what I wanted but we have all had our chance to vote fairly and well, so I must accept what has happened.

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  5. Tiny

    I love the sculptures of the children! But they and politicians don’t mix well in my book …children are still honest, while politicians color their messages and promises with whatever sweeteners they think might work. But I hope I’m wrong in the case of NZ politics 🙂

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Politicians are much the same the world over though our NZ lot are reasonably okay, even if I do grumble about them. Our systems keep them in check. However, they could still put all their policies through a child-friendly filter. If you check to see how your policies affect children and the most vulnerable in your society you probably get a better policy. 🙂

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Melody, how right you are. Today is about promises and possibilities but tomorrow, and thereafter, is about action. The following days are the true test of whether or not we have been heard fully.

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  6. thecontentedcrafter

    That is a lovely statue – the message is beautiful! I voted yesterday too, as this weekend is devoted to car hunting! My votes never seem to make any difference either, but tonight for the first time in many, many years I will watch the election night fal-de-rol at a friends house, in hopes the people have woken up 🙂

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Hope your car hunting is going better than the elections! The good news is that your parcel arrived in this morning’s post. Imagine the speed of that. I am saving it to open tomorrow, so I can concentrate on it without the distraction of the elections. 🙂

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      1. thecontentedcrafter

        While I am deeply disappointed in my country folk’s lack of respect for our country this morning, I am pleased the parcel has arrived so quickly! My car hunting progresses slowly. I think I am being ultra-careful [possibly for the first time in my life 🙂 ] I missed out on my favourite car because I left the dealership to look at more and someone else [from ChCh no less!] swooped in and bought it.

        I do hope you get some pleasure from rifling through the contents of that package!

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          Yes, disappointing results for the elections, as far as I am concerned, but I think it’s hard for people to embrace change when our world seem so uncertain. We tend to retreat and put up fences and forget we can be bold. As for your package! What an incredibly generous give away ~whimsical sparkly art, bunny hugs, and the sweetest little angel charm. Feels like it is my birthday. Oh, I know, it can be a gift to celebrate the spring equinox. 🙂 Thank you, thank you, thank you.

        2. thecontentedcrafter

          I am pleased to hear you like the contents of your package 🙂 I often wish I could just send out packages randomly to my blog friends – just because! Maybe that is something I can work towards doing when life becomes quieter 🙂

        3. Gallivanta Post author

          “Just because” packages from you would be wonderfully uplifting. I am thinking your next one could be “Just because” I have a new car….. 😀

  7. Poetsmith

    Interesting sculptures, work of art, of children playing. So, it’s election day in New Zealand today? Hope all turns out well and your party will win the election! 🙂

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      It’s election day, today, Saturday, 20th September. I doubt my party will win but I like the way our elections work. We get two votes. One for the party of our choice and one vote for an electoral candidate. It’s difficult for one party to win an outright majority, so inevitably the party with the most votes has to co-operate with minor parties which means there has to be give and take. And, somewhere, in the mix, my vote gets heard.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Yes, you spotted it; jacks or as we called it “knuckle bones” because the game pieces were actual knuckle bones we collected from our roasts of mutton or lamb. I am trying to remember how we played it. I can remember a few of the moves.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Oh those statues sound lovely. The header is a clematis paniculata, a native New Zealand clematis. It’s a gorgeous, gorgeous flower. Glad you like it. 🙂

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          Definitely a trip to the garden centre is required. If the clematis doesn’t work out, what about a stephanotis floribunda or a gorgeous white bougainvillea. LOL, don’t you love my rudeness in planning your garden for you? !!! Have fun. 🙂

        2. Cath at Lizzie Rose Jewellery

          No, I could listen to gardening ideas all day! The Stephanotis is pretty – and I already have a type of jasmine in my garden which does well, but I think the bougainvillea would thrive best, our purple ones here are fabulous! Thanks!

  8. Robbie

    In the USA we have voting going on soon….I would prefer to be a kid again. Life was simple then for we had the Golden Rule” Do unto others as you would have them do to you” all us kids lived by it….some kids grow into polliticians that believe ” Do unto others before they do it to you”…yep, to be a kid again would be the best!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Politicians are a strange lot. Sometimes it is hard to imagine they were ever taught the Golden Rule. However, some of them do their best to govern well on our behalf.

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      1. Robbie

        Your are right:-) some of them do start out doing the right things but sometimes get pulled in the wrong directon because of politics. In the USA we have a couple of shows, one called Alpha House which makes fun of politicians + VEEP which shows how the world they live in is….it has it’s own rules.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Indeed! I have a terrible track record of voting for the side that never gets into power. No one should want my vote. A vote from me and they will lose. 😀 😀

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      1. ladysighs

        You are right about children. I hate it when adults say to one another, “Quit acting like a second grader/or other young child.” I taught the young ones for many years and can say they act much better than some adults.

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