Day 14: I Know Why the Police Took My Picture...
So I started my journey to go protest by stopping at Michaels. Had to get some paint for the Pandas I'm working on. But there I ran into a woman who said she loved my I H8 Meat shirt. She was 63 (she told me) and her doctor just recommended that her and her husband should go vegan. And the doctor gave them Forks over Knives to watch. (Mind you'll I'll be finding this doctor). So, we talked for a long while about this. And then the cashier at Michaels told me she had been vegan and still didn't eat anything with eyelashes. So, I told her I'd bring her some Gardein Fishless Sticks and Crabless Cakes. She said she went vegan because she loved animals so much. Needless to say, I instantly like this human.
Finally, got to my protest sight and immediately had someone walk by and say, 'Isn't veal deer meat?' I explained that was venison and told her all about what happens to baby cows and she thanked me. Had another woman thank me for being out there (and bless me).
One person said, "I hate pigs." He may have been drunk or drugged up. But, I suppose hating pigs is less ignorant to yell than I love bacon... you can hate something and still not wish it harm. So, I'll be optimistic. And as usual lots of thumbs up and honks. And many people are so enthusiastic about showing support. It really inspires me seeing this.
Then the same police officer who took pictures of me yesterday drove by the corner and rolled down his window. He said, "I love your stuffed animals. I took a picture yesterday so I could send it to my daughter." This confirmed my belief that Williamsburg Police Officers are some of the nicest ones I could hope for. Not a bad experience with one yet. They've helped me know what I can and can't do and never once tried to dissuade me from exercising my rights.
And in addition to this I found out that since I lack in bulk and my signs are great wind catchers, standing still and not blowing away can be a challenge when the wind came. But, I fought it and now my muscles in my upper arm and mid back are telling me they are angry about that.
Plan to head back out again in a little bit with my kids. I'm having such a positive reaction from people and it just really feels like people are being impacted by the message and the dedication.