Not so many pictures of our older buds writing today, because we all went to see the PSC's Gospel Choir's Black History Month Concert last week. And of course, our very own older bud Joan was the star of the show. However, that didn't mean we didn't get some stories from our Best Day buds.
That afternoon, I had lunch with my older bud Philip. Since the Gospel Choir was having their concert later that afternoon, Philip asked if they’d be celebrating famous historical figures like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln. We talked a bit more about Abraham Lincoln and how he was a lot more complicated than in the textbooks, and then the conversation turned to Mahatma Gandhi. Older bud Elliot was sitting at the next table, and when he hard Gandhi’s name, he shook his head.
I know Elliot has some strong opinions about Gandhi, and I know Philip’s always looking to learn something new, so I brought Elliot into our conversation too. When Philip asked Elliot why he didn’t like Gandhi, he said that Gandhi fought a lot against the English Colonial rule, but did nothing to fight classism in India afterwards. Then the conversation turned back to Abraham Lincoln, and Elliot talked about how freed people were given the land where they labored after the Civil War, only to have it taken away from them and given to their former masters.
History is a very messy subject, and historical figures more than the sum of their crowning achievements. The people of Best Day are no different. They make mistakes. They make history. They make miracles. They make a living. They laugh, cry, do some things they regret and make up for it. And every single one of their stories is worth hearing.