Chelsea and Stephanie
Meet Chelsea and Stephanie!
These two ladies were the last couple to come up to my booth at the Same Love Same Rights Expo in Princeton last fall (Shout out: it's run by Rainbow Wedding Network - and they have them all over the country. The expo is created by the community, for the community. All about advocacy, NOT profits. Check them out.)
The moment I met them, it was love at first sight. For me, I mean. And I'm pretty sure they felt it, too. Which is how it tends to work out when I find "my people" and you find me. I recently found the notes that I scribbled to myself on the back of their sheet. I had written "LOVE THESE TWO. The KINDEST EYES. Both in service jobs - Chelsea a social worker, Steph a nurse. Good hugs."
Side note: There's some kind of magic about the last couple I meet at any expo. Wonderful Angel and Kendra were the last people to visit my Same Love booth two years ago.
Back to Chelsea and Stephanie. My notes are correct. Chelsea is finishing up her masters in Social Work, and Stephanie is a nurse. Their eyes are - indeed - kind, because THEY are astonishingly kind and caring people. And they never talk about it, but they are brave, joyful, strong, skillful and incredible women.
Actually, let me amend that: they never talk about themselves, but the moment you ask one of them to talk about the other, you start to see the whole picture. If asked, Chelsea proudly shares how Stephanie was the first in her family to go to college, how she put herself through nursing residency while supporting her brother during his first years of college, how she makes time for a hundred small gestures to nurture and support Chelsea, even when she works overnight shifts and they barely see each other.
Stephanie will tell you how Chelsea has been managing multiple jobs and internships while finishing up her Masters (working all the time!!), and how she loves and supports and nurtures and shares with Stephanie fully even while handling such physically and emotionally draining days at work. They banter and play easily, but they also do tenderness without much effort.
As always, I'm going on and on and on. Time to gently shut up :), and let the ladies do the talking. Here are their moments and words: