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As our new year began, there were a lot of grumblings about how the clock was moving forward but we were all still locked in time.
Sayings like, ‘2022 = 2020, too’, were both true and a little demoralizing. I have written before that Blue Monday isn’t real, but if you are feeling a little less excited about 2022, I think that it is worth talking about.
Trust is a fundamental part of healthy development, beginning essentially from birth and is an aspect of relationships that we all manage regularly.
(A good article on the important life stages of trust is here.)
Trust has long been tied up in faith and tradition, something the holidays are very much steeped in.
As the latest variant Omicron looms large over our festive season, we are all facing difficult decisions about trust and about social gatherings, which is heavily layered in conversations about vaccination. Don’t worry, this isn’t a blog about getting vaccinated, but rather one that looks at the complicated relationships we have with our friends, family and ultimately news sources and government about who or what we trust when it comes to our safety.
(In a fascinating Q & A article, leading experts talk about vaccination hesitancy and how this has been created. Read it here.) The article basically speaks to the lack of trust in information we are getting about COVID, as well as those who deliver the message.
Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about the children who are growing up in this environment.
One of the glories of living with teenagers is the interesting conversations you can have around the holiday table.
Last year, it was all about the morality of telling kids that there is a Santa Claus when (spoiler alert) there isn’t one. It started with one of the oldest declaring that her future children would not be told that Santa is real, because “that’s just a huge lie”. This was of course followed by the other kids talking about what they used to believe and how it felt to find out. And then their father exclaimed in horror: “What do you mean there’s no Santa Claus???!“ Clearly, some habits really do die hard (or apparently not at all).