The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering

This fabulous Mothers Day idea was posted by a enviro writer and friend Suzanne Elston at her gorgeous blog Your Earth.

“On a buffety, blustery early summer day, when the news was bad and the sky turned yellow, a strange thing happened in the town where I live.”

Two grandmothers take a stand in a local park with the single goal of saving the world. They don’t speak, they don’t act, they merely stand silently all day until people begin to ask what they are doing. While some laugh, other begin standing with them, until across the country thousands upon thousands of women – grandmothers, mothers and daughters, stand together. United and silent.

“We are standing for the world’s children and grandchildren, and for the seven generations beyond them. We dream of a world where all of our children have safe drinking water, clean air to breathe, and enough food to eat. A world where they have access to a basic education to develop their minds and healthcare to nurture their growing bodies. A world where they have a warm, safe and loving place to call home. A world where they don’t live in fear of violence – in their home, in their neighbourhood, in their school or in their world. This is the world of which we dream. This is the cause for which we stand.”

A new website, www.standingwomen.org inspired by The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering, a book by Sharon Mehdi, is calling women to stand together on this Mother’s Day.

Suzanne writes:

Join in the stand. On May 13th at 1:00 pm, stand in your local park, schoolyard or any place you deem appropriate. Invite your children, your men, the people who matter in your life, to join you. At exactly 1 p.m. ring a bell, clap your hands or make a sound to signify the beginning of the five minutes of silence. During the silence think about what you and those you love can do to bring peace and hope to Mother Earth. Commit to her protection and celebrate her beauty at this most glorious time of year, and remember to say, “Thank-you.”

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