… Perhaps they were sisters, cousins, or just neighbourhood friends? Both blonde, only 6 or 7, dripping wet from the warm summer sea, wrapped in large striped towels, with matching bangles and pink toe nail polish.
They walked side by side, earnestly discussing the merits of using the cold water outdoor shower to wash sand off their feet, so I moved over to let them pass on the narrow track.
They barely acknowledged me; too full of the adventure of a sunset swim, and being big enough to go to the beach by themselves.
I wondered what I looked like to them?
‘Old’ for sure, with my silver hair. Perhaps trustworthy? People often say I have a kind face and eyes.
I watched them giggle and gaggle off the sandy path, then turned up my music, so it blasted through my headphones.
For just before 6pm on Thursday 7th December, the Australian Parliament finally passed our marriage equality laws, and I had to dance.
Not for me; I’ve never wanted to get married, to man or woman.
Not for all the same-sex couples I know, some of whom have been together for over two or three decades, and some of whom definitely never want to get married.
Not for all the incredible grassroots warriors, who tirelessly campaigned for this human rights victory, stretching back to when homosexual sex was first decriminalised in South Australia in 1976, in 1990 in Queensland, and finally in Tasmania in 1997. That’s 1997, folks.
Not even for those who died along the way, may they rest in peace and love.
I wanted to dance for the future of those two little girls: one or both of them could turn out to be gay, and she now has as much right, power, and opportunity to do exactly what a straight little girl could do, after falling in love, and finding her life partner.
What a wonderfully liberating, egalitarian, and even romantic world to be growing up into.
We can get back to dealing with the gender pay gap and general misogyny tomorrow (see previous one-word post HERE on that subject), but for now, I gotta get my groove on!
In gratitude for the dance of Equal Love, G xO