I never gave a thought to what would happen to Pussyhats beyond the march(es) on January 21st, but clearly they go on...
Anais, recipient of one of my hats at the DC march, is a social worker at an alternative high school. Last week was Spirit Week at her school and, as part of that, Thursday was Hat Day; she wrote:
Your hat is out and proud!
Sharing with permission, on Friday, she wrote again:
One more excellent Pussyhat story!
On Thursday, when I was wearing your hat for Hat Day, I walked by one of my coworkers talking to one of the students. This particular student has some serious mental issues, and has been trapped in many broken systems.
When I walked by, the student, seeing my hat, gave me a huge hug and said, "Thank you for standing up against Trump!"
I think it underscores how important symbols will be in this movement -- hats, flags, safety pins -- to communicate safety, solidarity, and support.
I like to think that I have a warm, accepting energy, but your hat was the reason this student felt safety in that moment. Thank you for that. I am so proud to wear it.
Is that amazing, or what!?? I'm so grateful to Anais for sharing her stories and for her willingness to allow me to share, and I'm so excited to hear more!
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Y'all are so sweet to defend my cat(s). Haha, but no.