After writing about a duo and groups of individuals, this is the first of my series that will be written about a single person. It had to be done, as this person is part of my YP Insight family, she joined the TCFT community after participating in TCFT Croydon 2018, and most of all, she has become one of my good friends. It’s weird, I feel like I’ve known her for years when we only met in June, but I guess it’s because we stay in such regular contact.
We didn’t speak much when she came to Poetic Insight for the first time – I was doing my host thing. Our friendship really started when she joined me on one of my walks home from Croydon in the summer. I appreciated the company and enjoyed some quality, humorous conversation, making a change to the solitary walks to music I’d usually take.
Although it was only one walk, the quality conversations have continued over catch ups or at events. We also have numerous cyber interactions, talking on various subjects from poetry to work to boys. And a lot of the stories she tells me are hilarious – you wouldn’t believe this girl’s life sometimes.
I feel blessed to have someone like Mhairi in my life, not only because she shares my love of poetry and we can go to poetry events together, but because she gets the work I do – she’s my kindred spirit in a lot of ways. She not only has a love for YP Insight, but she contributes and supports in any way she can. She’s an ideal TCFT participant, who threw herself into the process. In fact, Mhairi throws herself into anything she does – I know she will always be willing to support and get involved when she can. I admire that.
What I think I most admire about Mhairi though, is her ability to strike up a conversation and keep it going with anyone. It’s brilliant – I sometimes say, ‘I wish I was more Mhairi,’ because of it. Meeting people like Mhairi makes the work I do even richer, and also a whole lot easier. Having friends like her – loyal, supportive, caring, funny – makes life a lot brighter.
Thank you Mhairi for being such a big part of my 2018, and I hope that will continue for years and years to come. We need to get a picture together as well, because I don’t know how that hasn’t happened this year. Love you girl.