Since the flood, I’ve taken more time to really look into the eyes of the people sharing my city. I’ve seen great pain and fear and worry, but much much more than that I’ve seen hope. In my experience of my life, I have always believed that sorrow and joy coincide, and is this city ever filled with both right now.
It’s odd. Driving through one of your favourite areas of the city that created you and seeing human sized piles of furniture and carpet and debris lining the streets for blocks is sure to make your stomach sick. But I looked closer. I looked at the people, probably homeless, definitely covered in mud and somehow still smiling and full of gratitude. The water has reminded me of so much that I had forgotten.
So thank you to all of you for opening your hearts and your wallets and your homes and your arms. Thank you for offering me a place to sleep and a dish to eat. But most of all, thank you for showing up. Calgary really showed up. I’m so proud. We. Can. Do. Anything. Together.