Let’s be ants together…

A bridge is about connection, meeting, a crossing, enabling, something shifting and supporting; something solid or fleeting, stone, steel, rope, wood, ideas, actual bodies …

picture of dozens of red ants using their bodies to form a webbed bridge from one green leaf to another so that other ants can cross

Did you know that ants will often use their bodies in the few, the hundreds, and sometimes the thousands of ants to form bridges and flotation devices so that they can get across a space they alone wouldn’t be able to navigate? Disabled folks know a thing or two about this practice, we have so much more to learn and share…

… or even those oft-praised notions of “community”, “solidarity”, “alliance”.

To build bridges is to use materials and flesh and ideas to get to one another, to reach each other across a gulf, to risk crossing via sometimes scarily rickety means, to put our very bodies on the line, and to learn together how to reinforce them and to build better ones so it won’t have to be so hard for the next ones.

If you want to build a bridge with me as a disabled person, then let’s do that. i’m totally into it, and i am too sore, too tired, too sick of waiting for people to even get to the shoreline of acknowledgement that there is even a divide to cross at all; let alone the awareness that it is indeed entirely possible to cross it; let alone that hey, you never know, you can end up on this side of the divide by chance or by choice, and that there are actually really powerful amazing beautiful things going on over here.

Please, let’s just be ants together? Let’s live for millions of years because we know what it means to adapt and to support each other. Let’s put our bodies on the fucking line for each other.

Your body, your presence, your reality is part of this. We all need a bridge at some point, whether it’s by broken bodies or the good fortune of aging, and i don’t want you or anyone to be where so many of us have been, alone, scared, and looking at nothing more than an empty divide when you find yourself inevitably needing a way to cross.

bridge noun \ˈbrij\
Definition of BRIDGE

1a : a structure carrying a pathway or roadway over a depression or obstacle
b : a time, place, or means of connection or transition
2: something resembling a bridge in form or function: as
a : the upper bony part of the nose; also : the part of a pair of glasses that rests upon it
b : a piece raising the strings of a musical instrument — see violin illustration
c : the forward part of a ship’s superstructure from which the ship is navigated
d : gantry 2b
e : the hand as a rest for a billiards or pool cue; also : a device used as a cue rest
3a : a musical passage linking two sections of a composition
b : a partial denture anchored to adjacent teeth
c : a connection (as an atom or group of atoms) that joins two different parts of a molecule (as opposite sides of a ring)
4: an electrical instrument or network for measuring or comparing resistances, inductances, capacitances, or impedances by comparing the ratio of two opposing voltages to a known ratio.

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