May 30, 2020. I was out for a hike on one of Uxbridge’s trails on the day after more riots and protests over George Floyd's death under the knee of a police officer in Minneapolis. I was frustrated and trying to recalibrate by spending a couple hours in the trees. On the return hike, I ran into Kirsty walking two dogs on the trail. She was living in Peterborough, but here visiting her parents.
Are you in love?
“Yes! Yes I am! You know I have a great partner who lets me do the things I want to do, and the things I want to do that are important in life, and it’s a good place to be, especially right now when there are a lot of people who are lonely. So it’s nice to have those people around you, that’s for sure.”
Who has been the most influential person in your life?
“You know what? That’s a tricky one. I’ve had so many really important people. A lot of people who did a lot of things for me and realized that I could…gave me the potential to do a lot of things with my life. There’s been a lot of them actually, and I realize that. I don’t think I have a really, specifically one person. Yeah.”
How do you feel about the future?
“Ah! Another tricky one! Ha! My future seems great. I just truck along and I’m hoping that everyone else can do the same and maybe they’ll learn something from what’s going on right now. We could all become better people and make our future a lot better as well. So, that’s my hope for the future, and I…think I’m actually kind of a…I used to think I was a pessimistic optimist, but maybe I’m actually pretty optimistic. I do think things are going to get better.”