Travel, to answer that question, specifically with family. The past week has been filled with backseats crowded by pillows, fast food and time with family. It was good to be out of the house and out of town for a little and to see one of my sisters whom I haven’t seen since April.
Bad news — my personal writing challenge fell apart. I admit defeat on this one, but it makes me even more determined to succeed with Camp Nano, which is starting July 1st.
It’s difficult to write when half the time a 7 year old niece is vying for your attention or simply jumping on top of you while you’re trying to concentrate on something else. What’s even more distracting? A TV in my hotel room. It’s the first time I’ve had a bed to myself and an actual room to myself on a family trip. I was taking full advantage of it.
I did watch a new TLC series, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, for the very first time as a result. I remember reading a little about Irish Travelers while in a Folklore class, but I had never quite pictured what I saw on the one episode I watched. I’m aware that I’m not getting the full picture of the situation, but I was extremely intrigued by it. It made me want to see just how severe the prejudice is both in the UK and in the US. To put it simply, my inner anthropologist is rising to the surface.
On one hand, I know that people aren’t always nice to minorities and/or groups that stick out from the general norm. On the other hand, what I saw on this episode only told me of the prejudice against Travelers and didn’t in fact show me. In the episode I viewed the Travelers were gathering for the Appleby Horse Fair — now on my list of things to see in person — and the man the camera crew was following pointed out ‘no parking’ signs as well as the number of police officers there. I’m not convinced that had so much to do with the fact that they were Travelers or Gypsies, and rather more to do with the fact that when large crowds gather in a location annually, authority figures usually want to control the situation to limit mishaps. And, let’s face it, with the presence of alcohol there is always an impending “situation”, and few events are without alcohol.
I’m not saying that there weren’t some unjustified arrests by prejudice police officers, but I did get the impression that I was not seeing everything.
And, there I go babbling again. I hope I didn’t offend anyone. Anyone else have thoughts on this?