Tamara, WHY are you constantly “traipsing” all over the country meeting experts, business leaders, celebrities, journalists, filmmakers and other public figures?
The answer is simple: one of these new friends is going to help make the difference—I just don’t know who.
In a way, the “tapestry” of life is made up of the individual “strands” of people you meet along the way, and the conversations you have with those people, and the relationships and possibilities and projects and results achieved and difference made in the world—that all grow out of those meetings and conversations. But if you sit home in your house in a mellow town, in a sleepy little neighborhood…there’s no way to know when or if you are ever going to meet anyone! And if you want to make the difference and if you want to make sure the WORLD knows about an important issue, and knows about it in an personal and profound way—well you really need to get out there and meet people!
It is for this reason that I have been “traipsing” around the country this year, leaving my poor dear husband in charge of our lead-poisoned kiddos and overwhelmed, while I try to meet people that may be able to help in one-way or another.
In some cases, the people I meet – just by their mere learning of—or more about—the issue and seeing how personal it can be (in Robert’s case I used my Niton XRF and found peeling lead paint on the doors to his offices in Berkeley) will make a difference.
Adding the consideration of lead-poisoning (and lead in their environment) to their understanding of the world and the possibilities as to why things might occur as they do—sometimes that “puzzle piece” makes a huge difference all by itself.
Sometimes, in the case of someone as amazing as Robert Reich – who is such a great thinker and listener and is obviously eager—as an educator—to better understand elements of our society with which he may not be intimately familiar, (especially those elements that have a significant impact on our economy!) – just sometimes, there is a very great potential for that person’s hearing (and understanding) the message to have a great “ripple effect”. You never know. And you never know how you’re going to get to that next conversation and who that next conversation is going to be with. You have to start somewhere!
In all of these “encounters” friendships have been key. To each and everyone of my friends and family who have made the past year possible (including helping to make all of these amazing encounters possible) – Thank you! It is through the vast network of supporters of my work and the incredible collection of friends I have managed to assemble in the last 30 or 40 years (with a little help from Facebook!) that meeting Michael Moore, Oliver Stone, Chandra Wilson, Barbara Roberts, Mariel Hemingway, Jenna Elfman, Ricki Lake, Queen Latifah, Robert Reich and Laila Ali, to name just a few (as well as so many other amazing, interesting, passionate environmentalists, documentary filmmakers, authors, parent advocates, journalists, scientists, civic leaders and others committed to making a difference) has been possible! It is also through this network of friends that I was able to contact Pete Towshend and Roger Daltry and ask them if we could use their amazing music in the film!
So please think of what respected, powerful, influential, well-connected or otherwise “important” person you may know (a cousin? an old college roomie? the parent of your child’s best friend from pre-school?) and whether or not they might be interested in learning more about the work of the Lead Safe Mama team. I could come test their home and their belongings, share the film and my story and the stories of other mothers across the country, tell them about all of the amazing science and dedicated researchers and medical professionals who have been working on this issue for decades and perhaps they will join the team.
There’s that old “100th Monkey” myth, and I’m not sure how many “monkeys” it will take to tip the scale on lead-poisoning, but I’m willing (with your support and help) to keep trying until the scales are tipped.
Thank you everyone.
Lead Safe Mama
Tamara: Keep the faith! I’ll do some net working today to see if we can get a few more “friends” involved. REGHAN
Thanks R! – The college roomie thing was definitely a reference to you! 😉 … just as an example tho – of all of the different types of people who have been helping. Robert Reich is my friend Matt’s cousin, the music rep who got us the contact info for The Who is my son’s friend from pre-school’s father! You just never know who is going to be the one to help put the puzzle pieces together!
Catherine Brooks says
My brother Rick worked with Reghan on lead education in WI several years ago. He wants to explore how his non-profit, Little Free Libraries, and Lead Safe America might partner to spread the word.