It has been a long time since I have seen my GSA kids. We have missed 4 meetings since then.
My kiddo had an extra Pride flag and we just dropped it off at one of our GSA kid’s homes. We texted first, they came outside to meet us, and our handoff went off great! The Pride flag has a new home!! 🏳️🌈
I was able to do a check in to make sure everything was okay. School, home, life, etc... yes, yes, yes!
So, I bailed to the minivan to let the teens catch up. Here I sit watching in the rear-view mirror, my kiddo and their friend that they haven’t seen since February. They are laughing and catching up. One has bare feet, I’m sure that are freezing, and clutching their Pride flag, the other standing 6-8 feet away in a black hoodie!
And I can’t help but watch and laugh with tears streaming down my face.
Our kids are going to be okay.
We’re going to leave from here and try to go shopping for a birthday present for my kiddos girlfriend that they haven’t seen since the beginning of March. When we drop off the presents, I will probably sit in the van and cry again while my kiddo tries not to even hug their girlfriend.
Our kids are amazing and resilient. They are the best of any of us.
My GSA kids are constantly on my mind.
What can I do for them over our time away from each other? When can we all get back together again? How will our GSA look when we open again?
I know how much I miss everyone!
I know when we reopen, no matter what changes we have to make for safety we will make the GSA ours again!
I keep looking at these paintings that our kids did together. This tree started out as a simple bare tree. It had nothing on it. Then all it took was one GSA kid to add a fingerprint of colour. Then another, and another. Our tree went to the Alberta GSA conference with us, it went to a Pride Festival with us, even Sophie Labelle a famous comic from Canada who is now clear across in another country has a fingerprint on our painting. We have fingerprints from other cities, provinces, towns, and now counties. We have moments together.
Through all of this we are all connected. We are connected by social media, we are connected by phone, and by our shared experiences.
I am so proud to know each and every one of you. I can’t wait to see you all again soon!
Thank you for adding colour to our world!