Ahousat school has been hosting potlatch, I"m not sure how long now? Kids hosting ceremony makes me want to make up with
facebook (cause I broke up with it few years ago) just so I never miss another one of these ever again!
I was sooooooo happy to finally go home, even if it was to introduce myself in some of my new roles.
All I could think about was, how much we've grown.
I gazed at all the kids, trying to see their parents in them.
Trying to guess what families (last names) they looked like.
Like adults did to me as a child
as elders to this day do to me as to me as an adult.
I have so much respect for our chiefs
who carrying on our ways
their roles & responsibilities.
To hold all that
Those are such huge, heavy roles to hold.
So anytime I see unity, laughter, healing, support & pride.
Give our community
more of that.
More of this.
She was given a name
randomly & unexpectedly by one of the chiefs.
called forward to be acknowledged by your chiefs
at this age (or any age)
I hope they know how very special that was.
Then to have the children
honour and acknowledge their chiefs in return.
I sat there thinking, this is my home.
not everyone has a home like this.
do they at home know how beautifully blessed they are?
or will they too realize it after they've left it like I? so of course I was beaming.
there was so much
light & life
in this space.
And nothing quite as beautiful as seeing light
where some were once walking through dark.
So proud of this guy, his growth game is solid & strong
& his drug of choice is most definitely
Then there are those who are learning, or re-learning their ways.
Standing so humbly
speaking the little bits of language they know.
soaking in every little thing they have left
My heart is always with these ones. The one's learning and teaching as they learn. wasting no time in passing it all along.
even if they Unsure if it's correct,
even if they nervous & scared
there they are
but yet having fun too because reality is
we're all learning as we go
so may as well laugh at yourself once in awhile.
Then there's those look like they've been doing it their whole young little lives
knowing those teachings and sacred connections we have with the animal kingdom
Them haahuupayak studentsl have some pretty amazing teachers and it clearly reflects
in how they sing
how they dance
how they walk
how they talk
I remember their fist winter solstice concert I went to there a couple years ago,
I was ready to pack up my kid and move there
just so he could have all that too ! !
And although my children have never grown up or lived in their other home
They know it is there's too.
Well, at least now they do. When my youngest was about five & we were walking up the dock at home in Ahousat he asked,
Mom, how does everyone know you here?
They're all family I told him.
Wow, he say's, I wish I had that much family.
Giggles, they are yours too.
Even though there are always new family members like these cutest things ever that we've never met before.
all I could think was, I don't ever remember being this cute ! !
nor do I remember having that sparkle in my eyes when Peter Webster used to be telling us as kids
these kids rocked the entire gym
had everyone on their feet
sparkles in everyone's eyes
so thank heavens some from our generation were paying attention way back
when the rest of us were too busy flirting
they were soaking in language
so that these kids could have it too.
and so even though I went home to help
I felt like they helped me more than I ever could them.
love love my home.
♡ ʕaḥusʔatḥ ♡