Ive never been materialistic. I have always been an individual I occasionally get caught up with nice clothing and boots… Boy I’m a sucker for boots. That and sunglasses 😎
But I am grateful for being able to get out on my mobility scooter on the day when my health is at its best. ❤️
When the weather is good and sunny in the UK. I like to be outside I’ve always been that way inclined.
As my sister’s will attest my parents had a job to keep me in! I like to sit out in the garden.
As I’m of Romani and Kalá descent nature and the countryside is built into my DNA.
I’d often take myself off just to lay on the grass staring up towards the heavens..
Or you would say in society Gypsy or sometimes Traveller because unlike the stereotypes shown on these reality shows (shown in the UK and US) they do not represent us as a Romani and Kalá people.
For instance in certain circles in the UK you mention the name Gypsy. You’ll see the coldness go behind the eyes. It’s a kind of harshness.. you get others that almost (if they’re that brave) look you up then down with disdain.
Or the normal phrase I get is oh I know or have some Gypsies staying/living nearby.. they’re never nasty to my face.
At times it makes you feel like a afterthought in society like we are the last acceptible racism.
In my family we were raised to be polite and respectful towards other people and animals. They taught us not to be prejudiced against anyone for any reason.❤️
Which including some people in society that people that use cannabis are labelled and judged for using a psychoactive substance. Yet it seems to be perfectly ok to imbibe cigarettes and alcohol with no consequences with the law. Yet both according to the world health organisation are psychoactive substances are both addictive and dangerous to human health.
But cannabis or by its more racially emotive names of Marijuana or Mary Jane was banned in the US then slowly around the world. Others did the same in the UK it was 1971. According to Harry J Anslinger disgustingly saying something like ”the darkies would lure white women and seduce them with marijuana”he also including the Mexican people in his diatribe and adopting propaganda.
My earliest thought about race and negative actions/behaviours and ideologies. Was at first witnessing my mum crying while she was watching a program.
It was the TV series Roots it was an award winning TV series about a African American man in a time where people of colour was enslaved and living/working on plantations. My mum knew her Romani history and how all Romani Gypsy were also enslaved at one point in history too. My mum being empathic could resonate. Her sister my auntie (bibee) was the same and my auntie would always say ah poor blood.. meaning she felt the pain of their experience as if they were family.
It my sentiments entirely and how I feel about people of colour and how I too can relate to people of colour rather than white Caucasian. Which on quick appearance you might think I am too.
However when ive been on holiday or out socialising for the evening/day/nighttime. Often people have mistaken me for Spanish Portuguese, Turkish Persian, Greek, and Italian
As my dear old mum wisely explained that there is good and bad in everyone. But it is how you behave is what matters and to be respectful and polite to everyone you engage with.. I ended up watching it too.
Roots was about a African American named Kunte Kinte it was an award winning US TV series which was shown in the UK in the 1970s.
If you were to look at me some have thought I was Spanish others thought I was Greek and Turkish and begin to speak in broken spanish for instance.
My blood sugar was at its optimum and as that meant the Reactive Hypoglycemia was stable I took a chance and popped out. Its the first time I could leave the home without my coat. Which was great slathered some sunscreen on went my hat and my glucose meter cannabis meds and my back up asthma inhaler.
I also had the radio going so I was ready for a quick trip to Gerry’s At Home. (which iI managed to pick up a lovely net for our bedroom hanging it as a three quarter length cafe style netting to avoid the windows getting condensates in the colder winter months.
I was only out for bout 25 minutes including the journey home I see a lady with a Big Issue, remembering my friend Cassandra and scrambled in my purse to see if i had any change.
I just said in passing to her that there is a lovely young woman called Cassandra and she stands here sometimes and her mum is caring for the children like me shes a Gypsy but Im a Romani … She smile and said I will pass on your message to her as Cassandra is my daughter!!
As I reversed on my scooter I suddenly saw the resemblance when I looked at Cassandra’s mother properly. As my sight isnt as good close up than it is further away.