Wow what a few weeks we have had for England, we have pride literally shining out of us at the moment, and everyone is happier, kinder and friendlier than I can ever remember.
The obvious pride moments have been watching the young England football team grow from strength to strength. Their calm, their mental maturity, their behaviour on the pitch even when faced with the dirty games played by the South and Central Americans…
HarryKane as Captain, actively encouraging his boys to have their turn, belief in their ability. Even the hubby who is West Ham to the core is now all over the Tottenham striker.
They have shown immense teamwork, they look like a team, they appear to get on well, there are no ‘superstars’ insisting on the limelight…. it’s very humbling to watch.
As is the subtle gentlemen that is GarethSouthgate. Not being a massive football fan I was delighted when the underdog was given the role he had be minding since Allardyce blew his once in a lifetime opportunity. The England manager role needed to be an Englishman yes, but also someone who could do something different, have real belief, and even more so make sure the players also held that belief. Gareth has brought the ‘team’ into the team without question.
There are clearly some superb psychologists working with the boys, but Gareth you are leading them fabulously, thank you for showing us kindness, support, faith and encouragement works….proud!
The youngest son is also proud his waistcoat wardrobe is in the headlines!
I’m afraid he wore it first Gareth! Proud!
Carrying on with the football theme, let’s think about Richard Stanton, Robert Harper & John Volanthen. These incredible divers flew to Thailand, and navigated through 5km of caves they had never ventured into. One section is only 3 mars bars wide (end to end). The footage of the young Thai football team all huddled on a side of rock made you want to cry at the knowledge they had been found alive, especially by English divers.
These incredibly talented and brave Englishmen did a phenomenal job. To have now got four of the boys out safely is a miracle, everything is crossed for the remaining boys to be removed safely today. Proud chaps, very proud.
I must now move to our fabulous NHS. 70yrs old last week. I have had my fair share of treatments on the NHS, with a couple babies, a poorly mother-in-law, a few cancer diagnoses amongst many other more minor treatments.
The fact there is not enough money in some trusts is appalling and if the best way to manage it is to give us a separate tax for NHS, I can’t see many arguing with that. It is the one thing the government offer that we are actually proud of.
Thank you nurses, doctors, porters and everyone one of you that contribute to the NHS, I am proud and grateful to have you.
Finally it was LondonPride this weekend, and I was super proud of the efforts different establishments put into celebrating it.
It’s good to have pride, it’s a wonderful feeling to be proud of something, and a I think we should all bask in it a little longer…..
What have you done today to make you feel proud…?