REFLECTION Walk #22, Yr 2, March 5, 2016. Walkers started at Fresno City College and headed toward Golden State Highway. These are some of the words that described this walk: unique, homey, peaceful, silence, fun, and so much to see.
Walkers saw mostly clean lots, front yard art, petals falling, wisteria, lilac, a man eating a bowl of cereal on his porch, a man sitting under a blanket behind a shop–he looked up and gave a Walker a thumbs up through a hole in the blanket as she passed. Walkers saw Golden State Highway, FresnoHigh, front yard furniture and seating, locked alleys, and abandoned shopping carts filled with a variety of items.
One of the highlights was walking through Glen Agnes (used to be St. Agnes), a home that cared for seniors and people variously abled, on limited incomes. Walkers talked to Cheri, who sat outside on her walker, while smoking a cigarette. She explained the sliding scale at the home. Residents pay no more than a third of their income–and they really like to get homeless people into a residence. Walkers also met Michael who was just dropped off after dialysis. He helped Walkers gain entrance to the home for a short tour.
Walkers heard the sounds of street cleaners, Spanish language music in a car, train whistles, birds, and Canadian honkers.
Walkers smelled new fence wood, dusty buns, coffee, orange trees, motor oil, burning wood, and cigarettes.
Walkers had feelings of warmth and safety. They felt welcomed on this walk. They reflected on the contrasts within the walk and from previous walks.
These are our brothers and sister in Fresno, and all of our lives and our futures are tied together.