The morning started out being quite difficult. We couldn’t agree on what to do today. Ultimately, we all agreed that someone needed to make an executive decision for what to do each week. And so, we came up with a plan to keep voting on ideas of what we could do, but we would rotate each week who was ultimately in charge of choosing what to do, keeping in mind everyone’s preferences. Against my will, I was chosen to go first.
And so, keeping in mind that some people wanted to “have fun” and go outside, possibly to a park, others wanted to do something social justice oriented, and we all agreed that climate change is important to us, I came up with an idea: I have had this vision of making the silhouettes of people “drowning” on hills to reflect my views on climate change. The image I had of this in my head was to use the main lawn in Prospect Park to do so. This combined all of our interests, and so, I suggested it as what to do today.
“You’re weird,” the youngest of the group told me.
“Yeah,” I replied, “Come on, let’s go.”
With a trip to the hardware store to get poles and cardboard and spray paint, we were set. We walked up the hill to the park and began our project. As we began spray painting, I started hearing comments like, “Is this even legal” and “This is fun!” The process ended up taking us a good portion of the day, but in the end, the group was all excited with the end product of the photos and asked that we also take a photo that included them next to their own silhouettes also “drowning.”
The world is drowning. We need to help. The young people I spend my time with know this. And we’re spending a lot of time trying to figure out how to do so while also fitting in the needs and desires of the individuals within the group. That’s a hard task, one that I am not sure I have the answers to yet. I am glad I have a group of colleagues to figure it out with.
We spent the rest of the afternoon lounging in the sun, proudly watching passersby take photos of our sculpture, debating veganism, talking about how to get along with our parents and friends, playing some cards and tag, and being together.