Writephoto ~ Community

KL Caley is our host for the Thursday writephoto photo challenge.

You can find out more and join in here

For visually challenged writers, the image shows a collection of toy people all gathered around a sign with the word “Community” on it.
Community – Image by KL Caley

My dad always told me to look after The Little People because they were usually the ones that kept things going and got the least thanks.

Community spirit these days is important, and I am lucky in that we have one here that has gone from strength to strength since Covid made its presence felt (I shan’t say known because it was known about several months before anyone appeared to actually DO anything, by which time it was too late for many).

I was talking to a boating friend yesterday and he said that things on the marina were not the same. Not only had his friends either passed away or moved on due to expense, but he didn’t know anyone staff or otherwise, and the ‘new bods’ as we would call them didn’t make time to get to know their neighbours or regular boaters.
Sometimes we felt like we were the unofficial welcoming committee as we got to know everyone when we were liveaboards, and it was rumoured that if anyone wanted to know anything to ask us.
When all the silliness started in 2017 with horrendous hikes in river licences and mooring fees, people voted with their engines, many leaving overnight or within a few weeks.
The lovely community spirit that we were a part of was shattered and dismembered by greed and increasing profits. We kept in touch with a few boaters for a while, but like the armed forces, friendships are transient and if you aren’t together in close proximity, then in a short space of time, all that is lost.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
This entry was posted in blogging, Challenge, photoprompt and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

13 Responses to Writephoto ~ Community

  1. You just never realize how lucky you are and how special things are until they no longer exist. Great tale, well done.

  2. willowdot21 says:

    It’s a shame isn’t it Di, it’s always filthy Luca ! 💜

  3. Carol anne says:

    Sorry you lost touch with your boating friends, I am glad you have a good community around you now. Xx

  4. murisopsis says:

    I have of recent mused on the transient nature of friendships – still the effort to stay connected is worth the time… Glad you are still in touch with some of the boating community and have the beach community too! We need connectedness as humans.

  5. KL Caley says:

    Such a sad tale. I wonder how many small communities are shattered down to greed. Thank you for sharing your story with us. I’m glad you have a new community now.
    Thank you for joining in the challenge:
    https://new2writing.wordpress.com/2021/07/15/writephoto-community/
    KL ❤

    • The boating community we were a part of was lovely, but the management’s greed shattered it beyond repair. Staff we knew have either left or been fired, and few stayed to pay the 27% increase in fees. It is not the same and we are glad to no longer be a part of it, though we do miss the simplicity of the boating life.

  6. Pingback: #WRITEPHOTO – Community by pensitivity101 – New2Writing

  7. Pingback: #Writephoto Round-Up – Community – New2Writing

Comments are closed.