Back to School (and then some)

Today I’d intended to write about the girlie heading back to school…  and nothing else.  I mean, honestly.  That’s big enough a topic, isn’t it?  But then, like everything in my life the last few weeks, it just seemed to be one thing after another today.

Ever since Camp fYrefly wrapped up, it really has been one thing after another keeping me from finishing up camp associated work.  It’s a little frustrating.  And today was no different.  Just one more thing added to the heap.  Today I got the news that Larissa is stepping down from the provincial Greens.

I don’t know all the details, but I imagine it is health related.  Larissa and I have many of the same diagnosis, and for her age and maturity level, she has handled them better than I did at the same point in my life.  Today most of my physical issues don’t weigh very heavily on me – but it’s only because of years full of coping experience.  Six or seven years ago, I wasn’t in the same place I am now and I know Larissa must be drained.  Being the leader of a provincial party can take a lot out of a healthy individual, and it can have a brutal effect on someone who’s health isn’t tip top.

The Green Party of Saskatchewan is losing a great leader today.  Larissa’s passion, vigor, and knowledge served us well for these last years.  Her dedication and dreams of a better Saskatchewan inspired many.  Thank you Larissa, for everything.  You will be missed.

The executive will now have to gear up for a special leadership race and election – in addition to gearing up for the provincial election coming in November.  As the President of the party, I can assure you, we will all be working very hard to ensure every member of the party has a chance to voice their concerns, and to have their thoughts heard.  If you are interested in possibly running, do let me know.  I’ll make sure your name is brought forward to the board.

So…  back to school.  LOL  It would have been plenty to attend with today.  But that’s just not how the chips fell.  Here’s the girlie on our walk to school today.  Sling pack on, and ready to go.  And yes!  We totally glittered up and embellished the pack – just how she wanted it.  😉

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About Tobi-Dawne

Tobi-Dawne Smith is many things to many people... photographer, canine behaviour expert, equal rights activist, green politician, lactivist, intactivist, writer, crafter, dog handler, third wave feminist, etc. But most important in her life is her role as mother to an amazing five year old. Learn more about TD at http://www.tobi-dawne.com/ follow her blog at https://td365.wordpress.com/ get to know her daughter at http://lilyannslemonade.wordpress.com/ or check out her work at http://tdphotography.me/

Posted on September 6, 2011, in Green, Parenting, Politics, Wee Girlie and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Wow! Talk about a kick in the freakin’ teeth. Only minutes after posting in my blog today, I find this: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/Shasko+quits+Sask+Green+Party+leader+will+support+Pedersen/5359514/story.html?cid=megadrop_story

    Larissa had so much potential, and because so many of us had built friendships with her, we supported her in spite of being an absentee leader for much of 2011. We all hoped that once her health was stronger she would again step back into the leadership role we knew she had previously filled. It now looks like our biggest mistake was in trusting her. So disappointing. So heartbreaking.

    Larissa was young, but I truly believed she had a world of potential. I feel very hurt and betrayed by this news. She had failed to attend any of our executive meetings this year, but she led us to believe that it was because she was either too busy working behind the scenes or because of health issues. For her to then turn around and tell the media that it was because of some issue she alone sees within the party? How about a little honesty. Wow.

    Sorry. I perhaps should be attempting to edit myself a little here… but this is all too new and too raw.

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