Sometimes a pin brings back your past.

When World Disney early this summer, I looked at my friend that I came with, telling her I need to get a pin for my friend Cassy, who is an avid Disney pin collector. After finding a park exclusive pin, told my friend that I haven’t seen or been able to get in touch with Cassy for over 7 years, but I’m going to track her down to give her this pin.

I met Cassy when I was in college. She is one of the people that I admire, she never graduate High School because she had to start working when her mother passed away when she was 17 to pay the bills. That never kept her from learning, she is always reading the books she gets at the library, learning new things, traveling, and always active with her community. Unfortunately due to her lack of formal education and her heath, it has limited her job opportunities.

Cassy was working for a major retailer, as a sales clerk, for most of her career. I learned the years I couldn’t get in touch with her, her health was failing and she was in a deep depression, resulting her now being on disability due to her heath. She is volunteering and learning to do social media for the non profit there.  When she isn’t at the non profit, one of her neighbor lends her their old iPad and internet when she is at their house to get things done.

She is looking for an old laptop to buy since she was on limited funds being on disability.  When she came over, I gave her my old iPad with a keyboard, my old iTouch with an old radio that can play the iTouch, and some snacks in a ikea bag. That should buy her some time till she can afford a decent laptop.  One of her friends is looking for low cost internet for her.

We spend half the day together catching up. Told her if she gets good at social media there is a huge market for it and she might want to consider being a virtual assistant once she has internet. It was something that has been suggest to her by a few people due to her willingness to learn. She said that is something that I do well also being able to learn, adapt, and still be flexible.  As we chatted, it felt like we picked up where we left and never lost touch. Told her that I still haven’t finish unpack to find her World Disney Pin, so she need to keep in touch when I drop her off at the train station.

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