On Sunday I caught wind of a trend...wear a safety pin to let folks know that you are a safe and compassionate person, who will step up to be an ally to anyone feeling marginalized by the whirlwind of change we find ourselves in the midst of.
Patented On April 10, 1849, safety pins have been around for a long time. Safety pins are an ingenious solution to temporarily mend a tear, attach two things, hold things together.
Well, give me a sewing metaphor and I'm in!
But, as usual, there are two sides to every story.
Sometimes I just want to crawl in a hole.
That is not going to help anyone. I want to be a helper.
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” -Fred Rogers
So, despite the confusion, for now, I will keep wearing my safety pin. I'm a maker, I'm an activist in my own way, I'm a ferocious ally and I try to be a helper.
As long as wearing a safety pin is done hand in hand with concrete action...
What's your take on the safety pin trend?