For millions of people, waking up on Friday was quite the shock. It was frustrating in the lead up to the vote for me because not living within the border meant I couldn’t vote on my future. I’m one of those people that will plan years in advance for certain things, particularly big things. Moving back to the UK is pretty big, especially with finances. I knew if the vote swung Leave it would really upset the pound and markets. Despite what Boris claimed.
Because of the time difference my husband and I were glued to our iPads refreshing the vote counts on the BBC website until after 3am Greenwich time. The writing was on the wall but I’d hoped something would change while I slept.
While I applaud the attitude of respecting how people voted, I find it disturbing the trend of googling after the vote ended asking what the EU was or what could happen if the vote was Leave. I don’t care what you vote for but I do care if you understand the ramifications. And the videos of interviews of people saying they didn’t understand or didn’t think their vote mattered when they voted leave and they wish they could change it bothers me.
I hope cooler heads prevail when the discussions on how the UK exits happen. I do think the EU should have a do over with a healthy dose of hindsight. There are a lot of benefits to having a single block but there needs to be more cultural sensitivity. Whether it has to do with the pint or trying to regulate a cheese made in France for centuries, these things should be allowed to thrive.
But since we’re not invited to the table we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
In the meantime I got to meet my newest nephew. He is just over three weeks old and a little peanut. His only worries are sleeping and eating. Now I know how long pregnancies last, do you think I planned ahead to crochet something for him? Alas, no. So once he was born I went into a bit of a panic and rushed out to buy yarn. I managed to get the blanket and the little beanie done quickly.
I had bought a book, Crochet Step by Step by Sally Harding, to relearn crochet. When I was a baby my aunt had crocheted a blanket using a shell pattern so I wanted to do a similar pattern. The book gave me the stitch count and I came up with how many I needed to do the size I wanted.
The little beanie was very easy to make. I used a pattern from Mango Tree. It is a free pattern and she gives instructions for sizes from newborn to adult.
So even though the world can still turn upside down, life goes on. And that’s ok.