How you doing, friends? Having a rough day? Week? Month? Year?
Sorry, didn’t mean to get the Friends theme stuck in your head there. It’s just a quite dark time right now, so it wouldn’t surprise me if we’re all feeling a bit down. The world seems fractured. And while it’s been that way for a long time, with only the most privileged among us truly being deluded enough to think that everything was rosy up until the last few years, it is undeniable that these are truly worrying times in many ways. The rights of trans people are under vicious attack. Brazil is about to elect a fascist that makes Donald Trump look like a teddy bear. And we have almost no time at all to avert billionaire-made cataclysmic climate change turning our planet into an ashen wasteland of resource wars and extreme weather events, the effects of which will be felt the hardest by the global South and the poorest least able to handle them.
Plus it’s a fucking Tuesday. The worst day of this stupid artificial construct that is a working week. Everyone decries Monday, but Monday you’re at least ready for. Wednesday you’re halfway to freedom. Thursday is basically Friday. And Friday is Friday. Tuesday is an endless grey landscape of clouds and puddles of lukewarm water.
So here, have a look at some elementary school kids surprising their beloved custodian with an appreciation party on Custodial Worker Day. It’ll brighten your Tuesday up:
And another angle:
Custodians, cleaners, janitors—they are the backbone of our society. Everything falls apart without them, yet we take them for granted, and we don’t value them nearly enough for the incalculable value they themselves add to the world. Children—whose hero is often the garbage worker or the firefighter—know the value of things, before society washes that away and inculcates in them different priorities. We could stand to learn a lot from kids, to keep remembering to appreciate the heroes all around us.
I send my solidarity to women council workers in Glasgow who go on strike today to demand equal pay.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) October 23, 2018
They are the carers, cleaners and caterers who are society's unsung heroes.
When they go on strike, it's our duty to support them. #GlasgowWomensStrike
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