Do you see bright and beautiful people or the ugliness of the world smudged across faces? Do you see a marching mob or a happy parade?
Incline your ear. Do you hear gunshots or fireworks?
This past week has been one of contrast for Alberta Avenue. For a community in transition. A community trying desperately to emerge from its chrysalis. This weekend at Kaleido Festival we saw the butterfly. Last week, we saw blood on the streets.
Five shootings last week. All nearby. All reminders that there is still a darkness here. That people still do ugly things to one another. That it gets so dark you want to hide. To build what walls you can manage and light a candle for you and yours.
But love was never easy and love was never safe.