I had a thought arise from the issue of new blood and how much and who. I read a good article once about if there are so many Polish (etc) people in Ireland, how come I'm not friends with any of them? I suppose it challenged (but in a nice way) our heterogenous (if that's the right word) society - how many of us went to school with, college with and still socialise with the same white, probably Catholic people we all grew up with? I don't exactly, but I've never kissed anyone from - oh my god, it's true! I think an English person is as exotic as my kissing history goes! Shocking. Of course, when I grew up, Phil Lynott was the only black person in Dublin - it's all different now, but how much has anyone's social scene changed?
I wondered if we should make an effort to have a different voice, a Polish or Chinese voice on the blog, and how that would sound. Would the commenting still flow as amusingly? Would we still get each other and how would it affect our group nostalgia orgies?
I often regret the lack of friends from other countries my daughter has. I'm hoping that will change when she starts in the Project school, one reason I want her to go there. I remember her meeting a Nigerian Irish student of mine when she was a small baby, and her eyes just boggled out of her head! I was well embarrassed, it was so obvious she'd never seen a black person before.
I don't know how to end this rumination. I suppose it's an open ended question I'm pondering.