The Japanese Windflower understands.

Japanese Windflower

Japanese Windflower

This picture explains it all. If the purpose of life is to worry about what has been or what is yet to come, contemplate this flower. It asks for nothing more than to be looked at or ignored (at own risk). The choice is up to the viewer.

This photo was taken with my old iPhone. I really liked the previous misty looking results of the photos till my grandson wiped the lens clean with his T-shirt. All done in one single swipe. Since then the images are clearer and more colourful.

Before I forget. Remember this governments promise to take in an extra 12000 refugees from those that followed the exodus out of Syria back in September 2015. So far, just 26 have arrived.

“Canada has resettled 800 times more Syrian refugees in three months than Australia has in almost twice the time, fuelling concern the delay is pushing desperate families in the Middle East into a perilous crossing to Europe.

Labor has called on Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to explain why Australia has resettled just 26 Syrian refugees five months after former Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced an emergency intake of 12,000 “as quickly as possible”.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/canada-has-rescued-800-times-more-syrian-refugees-than-australia-figures-show-20160217-gmw7dz.html#ixzz424nz9Uld

Actually, The Japanese windflower does take an exception by not understanding Australia’s stance on refugees.

We will again now take Milo on his walk and try come to grips with this latest. We are having  gloriously warm weather, two weeks in a row now, with the promise of another warm week to come. I see people carrying air conditioning units to their cars. The elderly are advised to not forget to drink lots of water and to take it easy.

‘Take it easy.’  This is what my father was told repeatedly back in 1956. Take it easy, Mr Oosterman. Don’t muck it up for us. They meant, that working hard would also then be required for those that did not pull their weight. Not pulling their weight was hugely popular in Australia during those earlier times. It was almost an entitlement that needed to be protected by all means. The balance between workers and bosses was a fine line, well understood. A kind of understanding that no strike would be undertaken if the workers were given leeway in getting paid for a fair day’s work, but not too hard. ‘Taking it easy,’ was understood by both. Funny that. A fair day’s work included plenty of smokos and generous breaks. Double time for Sundays and Saturday afternoons with the mornings time and a half.

It had more than a kernel of truth. Now ‘hard work’ has become the norm. Working days are getting longer and absent parents through work is normal. Kids come home with the key to the front door under the mat. Many mums and dads working, scratching enough to pay the mortgage and put food on the table.  Glass ceilings are crashing down. People look pale and hurried scurrying past each other. Shopping in a hurry. Cars screeching around the corner. Not giving way. Only the retired calm and serene. Feeding the ducks and wondering about the beauty and understanding of the Japanese wind flower with a Milo sleeping.

Taking it easy, lost and gone.

 

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24 Responses to “The Japanese Windflower understands.”

  1. Yvonne Says:

    Consider the lilies of the fields ….

    Australia surely has nothing to be proud of, in its response to refugees. We’re becoming abit like Cardinal Pell, looking the other way.

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  2. lifecameos Says:

    Very well said. New Zealand are not doing well here either.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Still, NZ is somewhat better in treatment of refugees than Australia. Perhaps I am wrong?

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      • lifecameos Says:

        We don’t have any asylum seekers. The refugees that do come in are given six weeks orientation, then housed in racial groups in the various towns and cities. Don’t know how that compares with Australia. The refugees here are also paired with voluntary community groups for six months while they settle in.

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        That seems civilised. Community groups? That’s so needed. Settling in?
        If we could just hear that language by our politicians here.

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  3. Mary Cathleen Clark Says:

    Taking it is is lost and gone here in the US too. 😦

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  4. auntyuta Says:

    You say it as it is, Gerald. Yes, let’s look at this beautiful flower and enjoy it.🙂

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  5. rodhart (@roderick_hart) Says:

    Speaking of the retired, I see a lot of them looking after grandchildren so that man and/or dad can work. I have wondered how much they contribute to the economy.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, we do too and pay for school uniforms, math tuition, drive 200 km in one day to look after them when our daughter is working. We gladly do it.
      It was the other way around in the fifties and sixties. The working children paid towrdas the family mortgage, paid for food and helped out our parents.
      I doubt I could ask for my grandkids to pay for our final days in respite or a hospice. One can almost hear the snapping of nurse’s rubber gloves. Just turn over now Mr Oosterman.
      The cost of cask ( Mount Calvary model with chrome handles and cedar laminated) will loom.

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  6. petspeopleandlife Says:

    I like your flower. And “take it easy’ has a different meaning for some people. The refugee crisis is very bad. I think governments are afraid they are letting in folks that are members of Isis. But maybe that is with all ethnic groups as shown by Australia’s treatment of Indonesians,I think. (From your past posts).

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I sometimes feel the whole of Isis is overrated. We had a couple of killings attributed to Isis but were done by mentally ill people. The Government seems to scare us witless with Isis, while the simple fact of being female and in a relationship is by far the riskiest situation to be in above everything else.
      Each day over 400 cases are reporetd to the police involving domestic violence.

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  7. Big M Says:

    Yes, the previous pm said 12000. I suspect this was more largesse and less action. We do occasionally have asylum seekers in the hospital. Many are covered with scars and cry for family who will probably die from torture, rather than coming here for a ‘family reunion ‘, which the conservatives seem to fear. So much space,as you say Gerard, yet, what is it worth, or, rather, costed. There is such an obsession with the value of land in this country, as if it matters to a householder if they are on ten thousands dollars worth, or ten million?

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  8. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    If Trump has his way anybody coming to the US from any direction will be tossed out on their laurels. The crazy part is that we are all immigrants no matter how hard we try to deny it.

    I know what you mean about that windflower changing places during the night. You can’t depend on them staying put.

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  9. hilarycustancegreen Says:

    England has taken very few of the Syrian refugees so far…

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  10. shoreacres Says:

    The number of murders, beheadings, drug killings, and deaths due to an assortment of other circumstances along the US/Mexican border is a different situation than yours, and the hordes of people flowing across our border has the potential to do to our society as a whole what it has done to some states. It isn’t widows, orphans, or Syrian war refugees that are the problem. It is drug cartels and gangs — and their spheres of influence are spreading.

    I have friends who’ve found slaughted cattle on their ranches, and others who regularly find bodies. There are areas of our state where I’m advised not to travel alone, and the frustration of the Border Patrol is palpable. They are being told not to enforce the law. What country would do that? If you don’t like the laws, change them — but if they exist, and they’re not enforced? Disintegration follows.

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    • shoreacres Says:

      It suddenly occurred to me that in light of the above, I might be mistaken for a Trump supporter. Never. In fact, I just read this rather interesting article about Republican unwillingness to disavow him. We don’t have a mess on our hands, we have several messes on our hands.

      Bring on the windflowers.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      That sounds very grim, Linda. Here bodies of refugees including children are found having drowned. Our Government prides itself on having ‘stopped the boats’ and assume also the drownings. But, they simply drown elsewhere. The politicians don’t worry about that though and keep up the Pharisees, hypocritical façade of really being good and holy, caring even. Bah!

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