July 7 – The people we meet and care about …

Dear Devon

It was a pleasure to meet you today (finally) at Surrey Gay Pride.  I remember the first time I heard you on your radio show – You had great things to say about everything and everyone. On the radio, you SCREAMED out your frustrations and your thoughts for all to hear.  I heard you and I applauded you for your compassion and caring.  You not only talked about Amanda once but twice.  I remember the first time we came across each other.  It was on Twitter.  At the exact right time, I looked and your message said that you were going on air to talk about Amanda and to tune in.  I caught it at just the right time.

If had only been a short time after  hearing about Amanda’s story and yet you had so many positives to say.  You stood by her and by me despite all the ramblings going on in the cyberworld.  You yourself have gone through difficult times in your life.  Subsequently, you understood what life could be like.  You have celebrated many more birthdays than Amanda and will celebrate many more with friends and family.  I hope to be included in one of those categories.  We met today for the first time.  It was one of joy and probably nervousness.  You never know how one may click and relate.  Being the person behind the keyboard is always so much easier.

I hope that I was what you expected.  You have wonderful friends and a great network.  You share things so openly.  You are loved by your those who appreciate your unique qualities.  You are the epitome of the ‘snowflake’.  Fragile.  Unique.  Individual.  Strong.  As I people watched today at Surrey Pride Day, I saw lots of people who were so very comfortable in their  bodies and lifestyles.  I said to my friends, if only mental health were destigmatized like that so that we could walk around freely and have booths that shared all the resources to help and support.  And that there were people who attended and were receptive and open.  It should never be hidden.  Otherwise, how can we help.  I still feel that more resources are needed.  But without the voices out there saying that, will the message ever be heard.  How can we work on telling our governments that this is an issue?  That we lose youth and adults to the mental health system.   That when we see on the Vancouver East Side, adults needing help, that those adults were once kids/youth in need of some help.

Thank you for being my friend … and I hope to be there for you in your daily journeys.  Every day is like a page in a storybook.  We are here to take it in and then document our adventures.

As heart and souls collide

Mama bear to you … xoxo


About Carol Todd

Being the mother of Amanda Todd has lead me on this journey shortly after Amanda's death on October 10, 2012. Amanda's prolific You Tube video has been viewed over 33 million times. Through this video, there has been an increased awareness about cyberbullying, social media safety and mental health. www.amandatoddlegacy.org
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5 Responses to July 7 – The people we meet and care about …

  1. Andria Drica says:

    Boa Noite Carol e amigos do blog hoje deixo apenas esta poesia em homenagem a todos vocês e a floquinho de neve .

    Eu não existo sem você

    Eu sei e você sabe, já que a vida quis assim
    Que nada nesse mundo levará você de mim
    Eu sei e você sabe que a distância não existe
    Que todo grande amor
    Só é bem grande se for triste
    Por isso, meu amor
    Não tenha medo de sofrer
    Que todos os caminhos
    Me encaminham pra você

    Assim como o oceano
    Só é belo com luar
    Assim como a canção
    Só tem razão se se cantar
    Assim como uma nuvem
    Só acontece se chover
    Assim como o poeta
    Só é grande se sofrer
    Assim como viver
    Sem ter amor não é viver
    Não há você sem mim
    Eu não existo sem você
    Vinícius de Moraes


    • la Punisher says:

      Translation for Andria:
      Good Night Carol and blog friends today just let this poetry in honor of all of you and Snowflake Snow.

      I do not exist without you

      I know and you know, since life wanted so
      Nothing in this world that will take you from me
      I know and you know that the distance does not exist
      That every great love
      Only if it is really big sad
      So, my love
      Do not be afraid of suffering
      That all paths
      I refer to you

      Just as the ocean
      Only with beautiful moonlight
      Just like the song
      Only if it has reason to sing
      Like a cloud
      It only happens if it rains
      As the poet
      Only great if you suffer
      So how to live
      Without love is not living
      No you without me
      I do not exist without you
      Vinicius de Moraes


  2. Savetheworld says:

    Wow beautiful post! 🙂 xo


  3. merle48 says:

    Wow Carol, All I want to say today is what you wrote was a beautiful, heartfelt sentiment to another human being. God…if only we had more of these feelings going on in the world! (Sigh)


    • la Punisher says:

      To merle48: Good going, You did it again, I was just thinking ‘How from the heart’ that Carols post was and that’s what I would write about, Scrolled down to write and Amazing it was all written up already.. So Thanx, sometimes you work magic…

      Hugz 2U Carol


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