On the instruction of King George VI, this brilliant piece of propaganda was created in 1939 by the British Government’s Ministry of Information. It was intended to raise the morale of the British public in the event of invasion during World War II. At the time, it was little known and never used. Never used, that is, until it was discovered in 2000.
I’ve thought of King George VI often this week, being one of my worst weeks as a Mum. I thought of Him as I sat up with my wide awake son at 2am and then again 6 hours later, when he drained an entire bath full of all the available hot water, just as I was about to step in.
I thought of Him when reading a text from a neighbour who was picking pepitas out of her son’s nose immediately after cleaning up a major poo incident. I vowed to Keep Calm and Carry On as I retrieved half a kilo of raw lamb chops from the juicer, as I sat on the floor dressed as a fairy trying to entice my son to crawl up the hallway for the tenth time that morning and as I ran up the street in my daggiest pyjamas, chasing my increasingly and worryingly athletic son.
I’ve just ordered the largest available print of King George’s iconic poster for my hallway, and am thinking of getting a tattoo.
Not surprisingly, I wasn’t the only ‘Therapy Mum’ having a shitty week… so, to my many beautiful sisters in the trenches, Keep Calm and Carry On because in the words of King Solomon, “This too shall pass.”