Sunday, September 10, 2006

Presence Matters - A small town family outing

Saturday, like many saturdays
we took our small company
our family to a festival
pitched a tent and set up shop
we do many of these weekends
Pride festivals around the country
I find them exhilarating and empowering
I love to meet all of the families
and those who want to become families
50% selling
50% educating about how to make families and sharing resources
100% amazing fulfilling - best job in the world
this saturday
unlike all of the others
we did our first small town show
a straight event, I guess
it was local and cheap and well, why not
suddenly we were the only
the different
new territory you know?
Nerves came up at first
how would we be received?
I barely have the words to tell you
how much the world has changed
the gay and lesbian folks there thrilled at our presence and felt validated
but it was all of the others that amazed me
they laughed and cheered
said "it's about time" and "how are you finding it here?"
They said, even thought I am straight please help me find something to buy,
I believe in this,
and thank you.
some weird bridge has now been built
I didn't even see a ravine
I was not aware of the gap
It was like all of this support was out there wanting
to find an avenue in
to stand by us
I thought we were going to do a small show
a saturday
make some cash
for the holidays
play in the sun
but in the end
I became so much more rich
than I could have imagined
Sometimes in leaving our comfort zones
is where we find safety


At September 11, 2006 6:47 AM , Blogger Carolyn said...



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