Saw these two kids, maybe around 13 or 14 years old standing on the corner waiting for the crosswalk in Uptown Minneapolis. One of them was holding some sort of pigeon or a dove and petting it, either finding it injured and rescuing it, or finding it and trying to bet whether or not they can use it to send messages. Or whatever kids do these days with birds.
They were interesting to me because they looked like 90s kids. Sort of as if they were their age in the early 90s. Party on, Uptown kids.
“(I’m concerned about) at-risk youth, between the ages of 18 and 26. What they’re not doing to protect themselves. Educating themselves on what’s really going on in the world…The ones I’m talking about are the ones that are in-and-out of the system, or presently in the system, that don’t wanna do anything for themselves. And that’s across the board, and there are no color lines with that.”
“What does it take?”
“It’s a reeducation issue. It is funding. It is opportunities. We need to put more programs together to help them get reeducated, find jobs, make them feel like they’re a part of the community. It’s a community-based project. ‘Community-based’ means county wide. Without it, we have so much of them just walking around, hanging around, not doing a great deal to advance themselves…It’s an area that, maybe some time in the future, I look to help them…”
I’m working on stories for the summer version of Minneapolis from the Saddle today. I’ve been falling behind on my writing, so I’m still working on finishing up the stories from the weekend of July 4th. To be fair, we did a LOT of biking that weekend. I’ve also been writing chicken stories for a future chicken themed zine and dad stories. There’s been a lot of writing happening lately! These pictures are from the beginning of day 2, which is where I am right now with the story writing. I’m not sure if this book is going to be bigger than the last one, or if I’ll just have to pare it down to 80 pages of the best stories.
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