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Monday, May 14, 2012

The Greatest People.

I just thought that I would publicly acknowledge the couple that I have mostly been staying with for several months now.  On the day of the eviction from Zuccotti Park I needed a place to stay and they were there.  A friend of mine from Occupy set it up, she (as wonderful a person within her own rights as exists) had friends with a room in the basement that said I could stay there if needed.  I had met one of them during a radio interview, so we weren't entirely new to each other.  There was no discussion of how long or anything of the sort, they just knew I needed a place to stay right away and they were happy to help a person - and especially an Occupier - in need.  I stayed one night, and the next morning they said I could stay as long as I'd like. 

It is months later, and at this point they are like another family to me.  I have met their kids - both of which I have protested with and am, or have worked and collaborated with on activist/occupy stuff.  They have been there for me at every step of the way.  Providing advice, a firm response or word either in favor of or against ideas or directions I have looked at.  They were there to encourage me to apply to schools, they were there to console me when I didn't get in.  They were there to help council me on think tank directions, occupy issues, possible next steps, and just general life as it came about.   

They are the type of people that the world needs and that we should celebrate.  They are truly inspiring people at the tops of their chosen professions.  Progressive to the core in every way.  Firm in their beliefs and caring for others in the utmost.  They both - literally - change the world each day they go to work.  I couldn't be happier to have them in my life and am truly lucky for everything that they have given me.  They surround me with meaning and hope everyday.  I could never begin to repay them for everything they have done for me.  From the bottom of my heart.  Thank you.  You are both special and inspiring people to me and to the world.


1 comment:

  1. Ducky and the chick are cute, but don't quite fill our empty nest as you do. Appreciate your company. You are an extremely inspiring house guest.