The Refugees’ Welcome

A little over 24 hours ago I decided to surprise my family in Lethbridge. This is the freedom for which I can only thank the Sabbatical. I arrived in time for my cousins’ first dabkah performance for World Refugee Day. Dabkah is the traditional Palestinian dance; in Uni, I was in a troop and tonight we had a chance to do a little dance, make a little romance, and generally have a wonderful time.

Surprising my family meant that I came into a fully scheduled day of supporting refugees. Because I have no chill, and because WHAT A RIGHTEOUS CAUSE?, I jumped right in and made myself a volunteer at this evening’s special dinner. No one, including the organization, knew wtf hit them. It was great; I got to organize, and help with the food, and serve such an incredible group of people, both organizers, volunteers, and refugees alike.

When not helping, I was laughing hysterically with Ramroom and Deema. It’s been such a wonderful first day here and I am so happy that I made my way over here.

Today, I am grateful for:
1. Kids in pyjamas at airports. It’s one of the few places where I see this, and it strikes me as funny every time. Especially when they insist on pushing / pulling their own small baggage full of fish chips or whatevertf children eat.
2. The beautiful skies in this part of Canada. I mean, this is our backyard, and this photo is untouched.
3. My family. What a blessing it is to fall into all of this love.

Lethbridge | June 20, 2019

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