For some reason I thought 2017 would go by slower than 2016, what foolish thinking as it is March already! (how did this happen??) I enjoy blogging, as sporadic as it can be. It’s a creative space to share photos and updates. Here are some happings from our 2017 so far.
For Christmas, Adam’s parents gave us membership passes to the Zoo and Botanical Gardens (great gift, thank you!). On a sunny and warm winter day we explored the zoo. Highlights included watching the monkeys, red panda, and the elephants, of course. We didn’t get a chance to see the panda cubs, but hey that’s what a membership is for, right?
We joined 60,000 marchers in Atlanta, and it was an empowering experience for me. Many were marching for certain policies and rights, while others marched against. For me this march was a space to say how much I value a diverse country and to stress the importance of policies that are inclusive and ensure safety to our diverse communities, including the refugee, immigrant, Muslim, brown and black brothers, LGBTQ community, and to my fellow sisters.
DETENTION CENTER VISIT
Adam and I joined friends and drove south towards Lumpkin, Georgia to visit undocumented immigrants who have been detained at a private prison called the Stewart Center. Our first stop was at El Refugio, a hospitality home that provides food and a night’s stay for families who have driven to visit a loved one. We did a brief training and El Refugio partnered me with the individual I was to visit with. I’m writing a reflection on this experience as it was a hard, yet meaningful day.
FAMILY VISIT (BOTANICAL GARDENS)
My dad and Eydie stayed with us for a few days during February. It was a low-key time together as my father recovered from their traveling adventures. We enjoyed a day trip to the Botanical Gardens here in Atlanta.
Adam and I took a half day off work on a Friday (yay extended weekend!) and headed to Midtown to walk the belt line (a path that connects neighborhoods with several restaurants along the way), followed by Hidden Figures and dinner at a new restaurant. It was refreshing to enjoy time together in a new way. It’s easy for us to do our “usual date” of dinner in the evening. If you have creative date ideas to do in Atlanta or otherwise, please feel free to share. 🙂