Today I met a special person. That would be Sahar Biniaz and her mother. What sweet and wonderful people. So kind. So generous. So friendly. The minute that I met and began talking to both of them, I knew that it was genuine. We had brunch. Talked. Laughed. And told stories. They had lots of stories to tell. Sahar is Miss Universe Canada 2012. Her reign ends at the end of May. For the past year, she has travelled around the world and has talked about bullying and anti-bullying. Believe it or not, she also lived the experiences when she was a teenager. She talks about them. She wants others to learn from her stories. How she was afraid. The fears of telling others. How she felt. How she got out of feeling so lonely and unconfident. When you look at her now, she is so poised and can speak easily about topics which are important and interesting. I am proud that she can talk about what she has gone through so that other young people can learn from this. Wouldn’t it be great if those that bullied her would speak up to why they did what they did all those years ago.
I am still exhausted from the week. So many things swirling. It makes me unable to sleep. Even Candy Crush isn’t working. I have been continuing to read about the Rehteah Parsons story. How the RCMP reopened the case? I am glad that after Amanda passed, that her case was reopened automatically. Thank you to our government for that. Would I have fought for it otherwise, probably so. Over the past week, I have thought many thoughts about Amanda. Especially about what we talked about. We had talked alot after the physical assault in February, 2012. She had a choice to make. I will talk about it more after her case has been closed and hopefully appropriate justice will have been done. There was a rally in Halifax today. People spoke about bullying and the RP case. One person felt strongly about Amanda’s story and spoke up. This is the message that I got from her. I am honoured that amidst all that is going on, someone took the time to realize that it is about the causes that bring us together as a group to work together.
“I wanted you to know that I attended the protest for Rehtaeh today in Halifax. I hadn’t planned on saying anything but when no one referenced the Amanda Todd situation I had to take the microphone. My speech was short yet powerful.. With no notes I said (from my memory- and in my most powerful voice possible): I just want to remind everyone that 6 months ago a young lady by the name of Amanda Todd died under similar circumstances. The RCMP set up a task force of 20 to 25 investigators and to date not one charge has been laid. I want to ask you all to remember, when the news cameras go onto other stories and the RCMP is blowing smoke in your face, please don’t forget Rehteah!”
It was received by applause and a high five from the head of the Anonymous group. I felt that out of respect for Carol Todd I should say something about her Princess Snowflake to let her know that we have not forgotten. If you feel it is appropriate to let her know then pass it along. Thanks …
I finally had the courage to open up the painting that Michael Bell painted for me. He is the art teacher/artist that painted the picture of Amanda as a tribute. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/03/12/amanda-todd-painting-michael-bell-students_n_2862197.html It was his birthday on April 10th. Also on April 10, it was 6 months since October 10th. So that is the date that I decided to take a look at the painting. Wow… to see it close up and all the handprints in the colours that Amanda loved the most. I don’t even think that Michael knew about purple and pink being two of her fav colours. We unrolled it in a restaurant the workers thanked us after for sharing it with them.
I have also been in communication with so many different people this week. I am spending tomorrow trying to (of course) finish my taxes. Find some addresses for shirts/hoodies. Write down notes from all the emails I get from various people. With so many names, I can only remember some by what they do or sometimes what they wear. However, this doesn’t help me when I am trying to find an email or phone number.
Have to leave you with this picture. So cool and funky…
So those were the highlights of the last few days. I am sure there are more to come. Another school wants to use the Amanda Todd Legacy for their YPI project. A calendar. A healthy drink. A bike rally. Walmart. The list continues to grow. Her legacy continues to grow. But without you guys out there, there would be NOTHING!!
Loving you (and my kids and my BBBB) with all my heart!!
xoxo (and TM and KM and JG and SL and AH and LGI) There are lots more I could add but those are my night-owls for now.