Diary: June 14, 2018

You either get it, or you would get it if you thought about it, or you don’t get it but it doesn’t matter because I get it for you.
Why you should have a day of your own.
One of my days, from my walk, my year-long walk.
From the first I have been asking people to take a day, and to give me something (a written description, a picture, video, etc.) that I can talk about on that day as I walk across the country.
Something that will give others, across the country, a sense of what motivates me.
My motivation for walking, you should know, began here: it began with the realization that Plymouth was my hometown. It began with the epiphany that there was such a thing as a hometown, a revelation to a service brat who had learned to adapt to constant moves.
But after I moved here, and especially after I began to work here for the Old Colony and got to know the town I fell in love with it.
What did I love? Certainly its beauty. Definitely its history. But mostly its people and their engagement with that same community.
I’ve used many metaphors to describe my motivation. One is the backyard. When a child is confident that he or she is loved, that they have a home, that they can take risks and someone will be there to catch them when they fall, then they are willing to venture out beyond the cut grass and barbeque grill where the trees rise up and the brambles protest your leaving.
Plymouth’s backyard is America.
Have I’ve gone astray a bit, wandered off myself? In any case the point of this diary entry is you, and how you have given me that confidence, and that as I walk across the country I want to point to you (and what you love about your home, hometown, community) when I am talking to others about my motivation.
I know there are at least 365 of you (people like Nancy Carroll and organizations like the Task Force to End Homelessness). I know that I can fill each day of my walk with one of you and be able to think about you on that day and tell others about you.
I know that if I do have my year-long walk filled up with you than I won’t need metaphors or explanations to explain to others why I am walking.
Take a day. Tell me what you love about your house, your home, your hometown, your community and then, on that day, tell others about my walk.
That’s not too much to ask, is it?

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