"Is That What You Were Talking About?"

Submitted by NeighbourhoodCo... on July 11, 2014 - 11:19am
Community in its Simplicity

One of the greatest gifts I will be given in this role here at EAF will be to witness others as they find and join in community.

Some of the families I will have the pleasure of journeying with experience isolation like I have never known. Since so much of their time is captured in caring for their family member, there has been little time to get to know people outside their immediate family. Combine this with the lack of knowledge of some about folks with differing abilities and there is a breeding ground for a separation between 'us' and 'them'. However, as families emerge and cry out for connection and relationship, they reach out. Bravely, they venture into unknown territory and exercise trust. Trust another to accept you and your family just as you are. Trust that you and your family have something to contribute.

I was wowed this past weekend as a family attended a local community BBQ (first time ever). They spoke with others sharing the same table. They noticed that there was a sense of community present. They took time to share a meal with others, share the space of a lovely green park, and share the common need of belonging. Not long after finishing lunch, this same family approached me and shared that some folks at their table live directly around the corner for them and they had never met before. Furthermore, they had some friends and acquaintances in common. My whole day was made when the mother of this family unit looked at me with some understanding in her eye, and asked, "Is this what you were talking about?" A huge grin and nod indicated that this is, indeed, what I am talking about. This is why I am here.

If I can seek out and collaborate to provide on-going opportunities for people to come together in ways that are inclusive of these families, so that they may seek and find belonging where they want to find it, there can be no higher purpose. 

Comments:
Beautiful!

Hi Kim,

Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us- a journey that is quickly becoming rewarding! So neat to see this family make new connections and strengthen existing ones.

Please keep us posted as you continue to learn and observe inspiring actions and situations!