You know, I almost misspelled Public above - Carrie would know what I meant. So today has been a bit of a long day. We said goodbye to Tibor and Becky, though both of them will rejoin the walking later on. |
I missed my fellow hawk watcher today. Shingo is watching me type this right now and I hope he is enjoying it. So I spent the morning quietly after interviewing Smitty. He's a strong man. He's the only African American on the walk currently and he is up front and boldly carrying a flag proclaiming "One People, One Earth." It was a strong interview that will be posted when I have some time. We talked about race stuff, his experiences with the 13 month Middle Passage Walk, and how we gotta wake up from this coma here in America.
After talking with him, I spoke with Carol, who's with Corvalis' Alternatives to War. She gave me the low down on what's been happening out there. Apparently, American media finally caught our troops "accidentally killing innocent civilians in Afghanistan". She told me about the "military advisors" in the Philippines. She told me about the ships outside of Somalia. It was hard to hear. So I walked towards the back and walked one step, one mind. I listened to the earth and the wind for answers. I am only one person on this walk, on this earth, in this whole crazy place. I have no right to force my way. I can only be thankful for what I have.
I saw a hawk perched on a tree ahead of me. I thought back to my walking buddy who is missed today by a lot of the walkers. I am so glad to meet everyone on this walk. In case you can't listen to Saiya's audio interview, when I asked him what the walk was like for him, he said something like, "It is meeting. I meet all the people. I meet the ground. I meet the air. I meet the cars. I meet the trees...." I want to say I have met you and I am very glad to have met you.