|This walker is not mine, thank God, though I have had to use one in the past.|
Since it was a long weekend, the place was packed with people not able to see their regular doctors. There was a long wait and there wasn't much to do but people watch.
I was really struck by these two girls, who were sharing an iPod, an ear bud for each. They seemed to have a real comfort level together, like maybe they were cousins or had grown up together.
What really touched me though was the fact that they were both wearing footwear inspired by traditional moccasins. Their outfits were very "of the moment" for teenaged girls in my part of town, and their sunglasses were cool too (and it's their sunglasses that obscure their faces enough for me to feel okay about posting this photo).
But their moccasin booties were cool in a much more meaningful way. It was, for both of them, a deliberate choice to wear and declare their Aboriginal cultural heritage. This means a lot in a culture that the dominant white culture systematically and quite deliberately tried to decimate. (If you doubt this, I can send you to several scholarly essays that will erase all doubt.)
This was the middle of the peak of the Idle No More movement and I felt like these two were doing their little part, just sitting there, being visible and proud.
I just felt a swell of motherly affection for them that has not gone away.