Kathryn, my wife, is a volunteer at the local Guiding Association. She leads young girls into being responsible people who will hopefully surpass her. All with completely that very intention and all completely selflessly done.
Today she was recognised for five years of service with her group and we both went to a ceremony in Ripon where she was presented with an award. There was a good spread of food and, although I was one of three men in a room of women, it was all a very wholesome affair.
It was good hearted fun.
What struck me was that there were older members of the group who had been voluniteering with the local guiding association for 50+ years - I spoke to one of these ladies who remembers Kathryn when Kathryn was a Guide herself. It seems Kathryn has found a family who have adopted her. A family of well-meaning women who want to bring out the best in each other and all that they bump into.
There was a real sense of non-militant, independant “we can do it ourselves” amongst the people there. It was as if I was being indoctrinated in to a matriarchial mini-tribe. I really did like it though and I did not mind the indoctrination at all.
I have heard one point of view that not everyone should have the right to vote. After today I am starting to think it should only be women who vote and Meatheaded men should be denied the right to vote. It would have avoided Brexit …