Today I love 1862 and the beginning of the Emancipation Picnic held in Owen Sound and I love that it has been held every year since then in Owen Sound and for the last 110 years at our wonderful Harrison Park, a piece of land donated by an abolitionist from the 1800’s, Mr. John Harrison. I love that it has become the Emancipation Festival. I love that they have moved quickly to celebrate this year in a virtual way. I love that I have attended this festival and I love that I was welcomed. I love that this festival is a celebration of black history in our area, and I love that black history is our history as much as any other history is, history is one story, and history belongs to all of us, so this one story is our story not theirs and ours, just ours; for in reality there is not them and us, we are one race, humanity, one people, with one, cluttered and often painful and sometimes embarrassing history, but one history worth being proud of if we use it to advance ourselves. I love that I used to feel I had no right to speak up for people with differences that did not align with my own differences, now I see that since no two of us are alike in more than a few ways, we all need to speak up for each other. I love that I get to speak up for anyone who needs to have my voice added to theirs because I know of no one who isn’t my brother or sister and that makes me feel good. I love that I will always feel closer to someone who loves than I will to someone who hates, no matter their skin color.
Today I love that we are also celebrating a birthday, though that birthday is actually tomorrow. I love that some friends are coming to hang out at our place where we’ll keep our distance while keeping our hearts close. I love that there will be swimming, even if it is just me and the birthday celebrant. I love that we will be throwing ourselves into the water before any guests arrive because it is a warm day today. I love that I know that will rejuvenate me once again. I love that the water is 70°F, perfect for throwing myself into the bay water that I love.
Today I love that I cooked a pretty good birthday celebration breakfast today. I love that we had our first coffee of the morning on the dock watching the neighbors out for an early morning water ski. I love that mornings with no pressure are mornings worth celebrating the peace and easiness of. I love that my morning was one of those.
Today I love drinking coffee on the dock in the early morning and making plans for the day.