Daily Prompt asks:
Breaking the Ice
The internet has recently been swept up by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Is there a cause — social, political, cultural, or other — you passionately believe in? Tell us how you got involved — or why you don’t get involved.
Written by Margarita Morgan
August 20, 2014
I don’t usually follow social, political or cultural causes. I join a particular cause at the moment to help out or support someone I know, but in the town where I live however, there seems to be a great effort to support causes that affect its residents with a big show of support.
For breast cancer awareness, all of the three schools in the area have some sort of activity that invites people to wear pink while coaches add a pink accessory to the sport teams’ uniforms. During football season I’ve notices that pretty much every team in the league follows the same show of support for breast cancer awareness. When there is controversy in other parts of the country for small children wearing “I love Boobies” bracelets, I don’t think I’ve heard anyone complain about it here in town. I’m not sure if kids know what they are advertising, they may even think is just a fad, but when they are exposed to a prompt that will make them ask questions about a preventable condition is a good idea, in my opinion of course.
There was another time when a young woman in high school ended her life after a long and grueling battle with severe depression. People in our town responded by encouraging others to have balloons around to show support for the family she left behind, and at the high school, kids got all the balloons together and let them free. There was a little concern from some that it could glorify self harm, but it was quickly dismissed. What I heard from my kids at the time was that their friends wanted to do something that would put a smile on the late young woman’s face and since she loved balloons, they were comforted to know she would have approved. It also brought a lot of awareness about people with depression and what one can do to show support and or help those who suffer from it.
While I don’t pick up the banner for any particular worthy cause, I do join others with the one they carry. I love to see residents in my town come together in support of different causes that affect the people we know. The causes may vary, but the unity in spirit from friends of those affected is contagious and our town knows how to come together and show support.