We were to ...
- wear our favourite clothes,
- bring our favourite thing,
- and bring a favourite food item to share.
As I reflect back on that party, I imagine what it would look like now.
Now (mid 2010s)
Then (late 1970s)
|a t-shirt and yoga pants||pyjamas and a housecoat|
|spicy black bean soup||a box of Fruit Loops|
|a whiteboard and some markers||a bag of jewellery|
It was a party for women, teenage women and their female leaders. There was one exception. We had a special guest appearance from our Bishop, Bishop Val MacMurray.
We could have our photo taken with him. I did. I have that photo in my photo album. Seeing it snaps me right back to that moment, a moment when I felt connected to my peers, my leaders, and my Birkenstock-wearing Bishop.
I heard he passed away last year.
They say you can't take anything with you when you go. I hope there is one exception. I hope he got to take his Birkenstocks with him.
|Val MacMurray at the Favourite Things party|
Val and Maryanne MacMurray were awesome.... they both made space for an opening in my imagination of what was possible in the world. I am so happy I had the chance to have part of my life woven into part of theirs.