Apart from all that the biggest thing on my mind is the marriage referendum. For non-Irish readers, we are having a national referendum to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples on the 22nd May. I'd love to be out canvassing or marching, but I can't, so my efforts are reduced to spreading the word on the internet and talking one-on-one with people. We got a bumper sticker (thanks Lauren!) and badges so are spreading the word a bit with that too. My 6 year old made a sign for our front window, and keeps asking if all the people we know are going to vote yes. It's such an important referendum that affects family and many friends of ours, if the No voters win it'll honestly be devastating. It's also a really hard thing to explain to my son, as I've so far raised him in a "people are good" bubble. But he's heard about wars and burglars, so I've had to introduce him to bigotry too. But I believe the majority of the Irish people are decent and fair and I'm 80% sure it'll go through. It seems like such a petty thing to even be voting on in the first place, the kind of thing that should have been sorted out a generation ago, but there you go, we are backwards in more than one way in this country. Anyway, please exercise your right to vote, don't assume Yes will get through without you. If you are still undecided please read some of the testimonials on the Marriage Equality site here.
So blog posts will probably be pretty infrequent over the next while, hope all of you have a lovely summer and I'll see you on the other side!