I'm donating my spare to the Canadian Cancer Society and putting together a fundraiser picnic to send it off.
I asked Melissa, archer-hairdresser - her company's called Arrowbow, - if she'd shear me. Immediate yes. I asked Jimmy to fix it so it's the first thing you see when you go to the E.T. Seton Folk page. Immediate yes. As soon as it was posted, Meaghan volunteered that she's not just an archer, she works for the cancer society and she's started helping immediately. And right away, archer friends - like Stuart, who does cancer fundraising by making smoked fish - were signing up to come for the picnic. Like a great haircut, everything's just falling into place.
I love this community. You're all like, I dunno, golden strands braided together really intricately. Lots of us don't even do archery together that often, but we cross paths every here and there and the whole thing's really gorgeous. There are extensions that give a little extra colour, people from my work and Catie at book club who told me last night her sassy cut came about similarly. It's weaving together into a bit of a do here, isn't it? I hope it'll be a blow-out, even!
There are longer tendrils, too. I got encouragement from the Dresden, Ontario group Archers Against Cancer, who had an event this past weekend. There's a Waterloo group, too, Canadian Archers for a Cause, and their event's in the early part of the year. It goes far, but then I guess everybody's had some way their lives have been tangled with cancer. (You know, let me give a nod to a man I never met who painted my bow. If you were reading back in 2013, you might recall cancer figured in that story.)
Here's to no more tangles.
I hope you'll all go here to pony up. (But also go here because when they said 'personalize your page', I went to town. Consider it a bonus blog post.)