The sun shone, the westerly winds blew delightful warmth that enveloped us. Leading to that day, for an entire week, the weather had been cool and wet. Today’s beauty was exceeded though by the wonderful scene that unfolded about us.
Two years prior, while the community children were at school, their playground, determined as unsafe, was, without warning, removed. For families, as many are, who had journeyed the refugee highway survived bullets, famine and violence the irony was poignant.
Now on this day, after many conversations, much dreaming, and the hard and creative work of the landscaping firm Earthscape, the community was prepared to celebrate. A job well done! A neighbourhood, that rarely comes together, found common ground through the design, implementation and funding of their new playground.
“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” ― Howard Zinn
This day was set apart to celebrate and to say a big thank you to all who worked hard and to those who donated to the project. With BBQ’s billowing smoke, hamburgers sizzling, and desserts pouring out from the houses… the kids squealed with delight at their chance to show off their new playground.
The community came together. A ribbon was cut by the youngest member, groups huddled on the grass, laughter and chatter filled the air, Jean Claude took the microphone and guided the proceedings. The community was alive. In time these memories will fade, and even the playground will sadly deteriorate and need to be replaced…. but my hope, my desire is that the realization that change is possible when people band together and work hard for a common goal will stay firmed rooted deep in the hearts and minds of each participant, young and old.