Much of my traveling in Toronto has been from the East side of the city to the west side of the city. MDR’s office is on Spadina Ave which is pretty central to the area of the city which is known as China town. I’m really enjoying the diversity within Toronto and it’s exciting to see how much this diversity is embraced and celebrated by the city.
Moments when the action is highlighted, most commonly because I don’t let go in a situation that suggests you should, are often linked to work. Day 319 is no exception to this. We begin holding hands only to be told we have to come to a meeting that is already in progress. It’s fun to see the reaction of those in the room as we walk in holding hands. The 30 minutes ends whilst the meeting continues and I whisper to my partner that they can let go. The hand hold lingers a little before I return her hand so she can use her computer more effectively. The meeting continues and then someone notices that we have stopped. I explain that the 30 minutes has ended. The meeting continues. As we wrap the meeting up the man who noticed we had tells us that he felt sad when we stopped and how he had enjoyed the energy offered by two people holding hands whilst we worked.
On Day 313 I arrive in Toronto. New cities are exciting – and scary. Finding hand holders in a sprawling urban landscape will play on my mind for the whole time I am here. Recently I have been more aware of how people react to being asked for 30 minute of their time. I wonder how that will differ here.
I start with family
The stressed out response of my Dad as I ask him to commit to 30 minutes in my company holding hands.