Yesterday was day one of nothing on my calendar. No class, no assignments, no internship, just blissful nothingness. I woke up early, because I can’t turn my inner clock off, had some tea, did some stretches, watched the news, threw on a dress and headed to the campus bookstore to pick up my cap and gown.
When I entered the bookstore I ran into my girlfriend from the program who I did all the work in the community with. We have not seen each other this whole semester so we were thrilled to discover that we both had some free time to catch up after we picked up all the regalia.
We sat outside the arena and talked for a while. She apparently did not have the same warm fuzzy feelings about her internship experience as I did. It has been really interesting to hear my friends stories of triumph, frustration, and sorrow associated with their internships. It was nice to be able to sit in this space and share this with her.
We also had an opportunity to discuss our community that we both care do deeply about. We both had updates for each other. Two weeks ago our friend, the principal at the primary learning center, reached out to me and asked for a copy of our paper (the community assessment). I am not sure what he needs it for but I do know that in the near future the primary learning center will be closing as a new elementary school opens. If our paper can help him and the community as they transition or in any other way I will be grateful.
My friend has made a connection with an attorney at a high profile local law office who sits on the board of a company who is actively contributing to the gentrification of this community (did you catch all that). This is wonderful news for us. He is not in touch with what is going on in the community so she has been a little bird in his ear making him aware. Yay social work, yay advocacy! I recently found out that an after school center in the community will be closing due to all the changes happening. This is another major blow because this center is the first of its kind in the area and plays a major role in mentorship with the youth. The center was modeled after the most successful centers in NY, this is will be another devastating loss for this community.
It wasn’t all social work and advocacy talk though, we talked about life, and graduation, and our growth, and our next steps. It was good to see her, I was grateful.
Day two of nothing on my calendar started about the same as day one; tea, stretching, staring at the beauty of life in our backyard as the sun comes up, news.. In a little while I will meet my intern supervisor and one or more of the doctors for lunch. My last day was busy with patients and caregivers so there was no send-off. They asked if we could get together for lunch today to have a proper good-bye. I painted them I thank you card and am excited to see them later.
Tonight I am meeting a new acquaintance for dinner. At the social work celebration earlier this semester a social worker I had not yet met walked over to me and introduced herself at the urging of a few other social workers in the room. I was so excited to meet her, I knew exactly who she was when she gave me her name. We agreed to meet socially and talk social work once our schedules both allowed. I am so excited about this, I have been looking forward to it for weeks. I remember when I was first leaving the hospital to go back to school I ran into a girl I know who was finishing up her master’s. A piece of me really wanted to meet with her and talk social work but I knew given the specific circumstance of the situation it wouldn’t work out. Four years later I have made so many meaningful connections and I am grateful. This is such a small community of social work in my area, especially social work in healthcare. Everyone knows everyone. I really feel like I am beginning to find my place in this community, and I feel like I have found my people. It is a good feeling.
Tomorrow one of my favorites is coming over for dinner and painting. Todd is out of town this weekend which means solitude sprinkled with girlfriend time. Sunday another one of my favorites is coming over in the afternoon so we can catch up.
As I step back and look at the people I am surrounded by I am so grateful for all these strong, passionate women I get to have in my life. Women who feed my soul. Someone once told me that it will be women who save the Earth and you know, I am inclined to believe them.