so, it's been a long day & i'm feeling pretty exhausted right now. but also a little more at peace. my meeting at the paper went well, on the whole, but as it wasn't a public meeting i don't feel comfortable sharing too much here. i had aliya danzeisen with me, a real champion who makes a huge difference to the lives of so many people in our community.
what i can say is that we were given a fair hearing, and treated with respect. i can say there was some difference of views and i think we came to some common understandings. i can say that i now have to write a 700 word piece to go into saturday's paper, and that's going to take some thinking through. i don't intend to reference mr cox's piece because i don't believe he or his views deserve further publicity. somehow i have to tread between that line of advocating for my community and for muslim women, without being preachy about my faith. i'll leave thinking about it until tomorrow.
because of all the support i've received, i felt that i went into the meeting from a position of strength - more of an internal feeling than anything else. it brings home to me again the importance of community, and how much more a group of people can achieve than an individual working alone. and my main objective was to bring the people i was talking to into that community, make them feel part of us and identify with us, because in the end we all belong in this place together.
i hope we managed that. my own impression is that we succeeded in that, but i can't be sure of how they felt. time will tell. and now to quote forrest gump: that's all i have to say about that.