Colleen said my name!!
Yes, my Vegan Life guru kinda knows who I am, and that’s a big deal!
Last week, I tuned in to Colleen’s podcast: Vegetarian food for thought, while I started making dinner. Ollie was down for a nap and I had a few minutes so I kept on with my plan to be productive, so I started dinner. For me, there isn’t a better time to be inspired by vegan goodness than at dinner prep. So I listened to my hero Colleen Patrick Goudreau read out listener letters during the 8th podcast anniversary episode.
Every anniversary, Colleen does what she calls a “loveFest” and reads old letters, emails and voice messages she’s gotten from friends, followers, fans and listeners from across the globe. They all share their personal stories of veganism, and thank Colleen for her good work. It’s really uplifting to hear others’ stories, challenges, setbacks and breakthroughs–it’s all very reassuring for the vegan journey.
This time though was different.
I’ve always wanted to reach out to Colleen and thank her for her enlightening and guiding my vegan consciousness–but I guess I never got around to it. I chalk it up to lack of time, but I guess I really just couldn’t figure out where to start…or if she’d even care. I mean, she gets tons of correspondence from people everyday, I’m sure. On this episode my good friend Nana was one of the tons of fans who wrote in.
You know Nana, the one whose letter explaining why she was angry one morning I featured here on the blog a while ago. Well Nana, like most my friends is a thoughtful, intentional, intellectual, smart (as a bullet) and a proudly African individual. So while I was shocked that she wrote in to Colleen, I was not phased at how beautifully written, intentional, and thorough her letter was.
Nana’s letter to Colleen was a gift to Colleen and an unexpected gift to me too. I listened as Colleen recounted Nana’s organic transition from natural hair to veganism. About how she met a good friend on campus who was vegan and inspired her to make the logical switch. It all started to sound very familiar in my mind as Colleen read her letter…like…that’s interesting…a Ghanaian vegan…hmm, I have a friend named Nana…yea, Nana and I talked about veganism on campus one day…hmmm….Nana was…
This can’t be my Nana…
And then Colleen dropped my name:
“My friend Clarissa blogs at “This Afropolitan Life” and talks about being African, and American…and Vegan…”
Colleen is reading about ME! (and Nana of course, he he!)
I couldn’t believe it! What a gift!
It took Ellie tugging on my pant legs to bring me back down from the clouds.
Medase (Thanks) Nana. And Medase (thank you) Colleen.
If you’re interested you can listen to the letter from Nana 1:06:56 (one hour, six minutes and fifty-six seconds) into Vegetarian food for thought’s 8th anniversary episode (click the link).