Safety pins are not meant to be passive—a furtive steel prick of conscience—hidden on a lapel like a secret handshake. They are tools of healing, kinetic kindness given to strangers, a means to spring into action.
They are to be freely offered in the name of Girl-Code:
To secure a hijab slipping from grace, and pull up restaurant restroom zippers on skinny jeans stressed to self-destruction, to raise the brim higher on an Easter Sunday crown, and bridge that third button gap in every blouse designed by man.
A pin in stasis rusts closed.
Reattach a ruffle of a neighbor’s quinceañera gown, tend to a yarmulke where the satin has slid from the seam, extend the strap on the stiletto of a size fourteen queen.
Wear them with responsibility, with a woman’s vigilance, a first-aid-kit used long before the shine is noticed on a collar. Safety pins are not a dormant decoration to define your clandestine tolerance—they are a conscious means to a mend.
How beautifully stated 🙂
Thank you, lady.
Reblogged this on L. V. Lewis and commented:
So very thoughtful and beautiful, Kira!
Thank you, LV. That means a lot to me.
Reblogged this on Nesie's Place and commented:
Well Said! 👍
Thank you, ma’am! And thank you for stopping by. Your blog is fun!
Wearing two-one on sweater, one on shirt (so it shows when I take my sweater off). Let’s all be sure to take other actions as well.
I usually wear seven, backstage. It’s a good number.
I am possibly the world’s least talented seamstress, but I will start carrying a small box of safety pins in my purse and find other ways to do tikkun olam (acts of kindness performed to perfect or repair the world). Just joined the ACLU.