Sunday, February 03, 2013
"I do not regret this journey, which has shown that Englishmen can endure hardships, help one another, and meet death with as great a fortitude as ever in the past. We took risks, we knew we took them; things have come out against us, and therefore we have no cause for complaint, but bow to the will of Providence, determined still to do our best to the last. "
This is the memorial to Robert Falcon Scott which was sculpted and then unveiled by his widow on 9 February 1917.
Anniversaries are not always happy occasions. One SF posted a poignant memorial to her deceased husband recently, and we are approaching the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake which destroyed our city and took many lives. All the buildings around this statue were destroyed:
The statue itself fell off its plinth and was damaged:
But down is not out. To this city, as to many people in the world, Scott's Last Expedition is a reminder of the value of courage and endurance through hard times, and of how, despite the odds often being against us, we must persevere in pursuit of goals. The statue has been repaired, strengthened and displayed at a winter fest; once the surrounding area is repaired it will be put back on its plinth:
In the meantime, it is being cared for - the box keeps the prone statue air-tight and moisture free.
When the statue goes back up another anniversary will be created - a happy one, this time. Just like all those of Sparkers who celebrate their SP membership, their loss of pounds, or their maintenance of a weight loss. Like the statue, many of us have been damaged or have damaged ourselves in one way or another. A bit of care and time - and we too can be creating happy anniversaries for ourselves.