Tonight is coming to a shocking end after a long and somewhat tough week.....
One of the "players" in my life - featured on The Blog and in The Book - found out tonight that a family member of theirs was killed tonight from an act of gang violence.
I am gutted for them. I have known then for almost 13 years and I know what a huge loss this is for their family.
It's odd... because the end of last week ended with a death in our family as well.
So, tonight I'm taking the easy way out.... I'm leaving Zach Sobiak on 'blog repeat'.
Between deaths in my family, deaths in my friends family..... and tornadoes... I'm just spent.
I'm guessing lots of us are.
This weekend however.... 80s dancing is on the agenda, and another night of dancing, some cleaning and some BBQ.... and you know what? A whooooooolllllleeeeee lot of cuddling with Carhartt who is coming into town.
Thank f*ck for that.... this girls needs a hug.
I hope your holiday weekend is fantastic.... and *SAFE*!!!!!!!
Be back Monday with a lovely photo montage that *will* have you laughing for sure.
For a while now this documentary of Zach Sobiech has been going around Facebook. Like millions I watched it and had my tissue's at the ready. His story is both inspiring and heartbreaking, not only because you know this wonderful young man is dying - but because as a parent, the loss of a child (any child) always hits us right between the eyes and straight through the heart.
His long and endearing message is that life and the connections we make are more important than anything. And - that that importance can't be measured by time or money: it just is.
I tend to agree with him.
Lately, my focus as a single Mom has been *very* much on money... where will I make it? How will I earn it? How *much* can I earn? and on and on the stress goes.... This idea that there is alllll this money just lying around out there for single Moms to grab up is wrong..... really wrong. lol
However this conversation in my head leads me to debating how much time I'm going to have to give up with the children in order to make that money that I need..... and really it just comes down to time.
That time that slipping through my fingers sooooo quickly and now I no longer have a chubby and round faced toddler... but a little girl with rounded shoulders who writes her name and has taught herself to count, unlock every door in the house and .... get The Papa to buy her anything she wants.... (that's my girl!).
Time.... it's the one thing we don't get back with our children and with each other.
Time, is something that Zach Sobiech and his family ran out of on Monday.
So, even before I had watched this video I had decided to forego the job I was trying to get that paid *really* well, but was four tens a week... and at night... and over the weekend: every weekend. Sigh.
I just couldn't do it. Instead, I'll be selling off one of my camera lens's to help pay for a short course for a job in the medical field. It won't pay me a million dollars, it won't give me a big house - but it will give me enough money to live, a small amount to put away - but more importantly, it will give me time. It's a job that will allow me to have some balance between work and family and still give me time with my kids.... which is what I need more than a big house or nicer things......
I feel pretty good that I haven't wasted the last year being too angry.... oh - angry for sure at times... but I didn't get weighed down by revenge and anger and vengeance..... and I'm so grateful that that's a gift I gave myself and my kids - even if it doesn't get me the latest TV pilot about women who 'get back' at their ex-husbands. Instead I have valued this time to *be* angry when I needed to be, to cry every tear I had, to *heal* at every turn in the road so that I would be strong enough to take on the next curve coming at me.
Having said all that... I'm humbled and grateful that I've not faced anything as hard as Zach and his family have..... what a wonderful gift he left behind.
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So, first and foremost, I was contacted by a production company about doing a segment for a show they are producing about revenge.
After just a few minutes of talking the Very Nice Producer Lady decided that my story lacks said 'revenge'.... lol. But, I told them I get emails from people who *have * done things for revenge and she asked me post the above information. They are a legit company and it's a solid opportunity - so.... if you read the piece above and have a story to tell... contact them! :)
As for me, I did a radio interview on Monday with The Jay Thomas Show. They had called last year, but it ended up being over the time frame that I was in New York with the kids for The View, so the timing never worked....when they called this year, I was happy to do it.
We were chatting about The Sign, The Book, The Blog and I mentioned that I had met La Novia and what not.... they were all floored. I told them about the three-ring binder and the letter welcoming her into the "family".... and they were all laughing and whooping. Jay Thomas said, "I hate to tell you this... but your kids are never going to be rock stars or artists or actors or musicians... because you're robbing them of tragedy and heartache... you're making this all too nice- they won't have any inner conflict when they grow up!".
Of course, it was a funny thing to say... and we were all laughing, but those words sunk in just a wee bit... because he's kind of right.
On the one hand, people are *always* made stronger by their life trials and tribulations and heartbreak. That is what most people sing about.... all the bad things that happen to them.
On the other hand..... as their Mom, I want to save them from the things that hurt them - and I kind of hope that Jay Thomas is right..... because life is *still* going to show them heartache and pain, but if I can get them through this situation with as minimal pain as possible... that's probably a good thing.
F*ck... I hope it is.
I told the producer on the phone today that while my story turns out to be *not* rooted in revenge.... it's for the best becuase intead of walling and spending my time punishing people - I spent my time healling and growing.... which, in the end, has me in the place where I'm in a new relationship and the kids are doing great... who needs revenge when you can *live* instead?
Hence the post above for other stories instead of mine... lolol
Most of you noticed (and several of you emailed :) that I missed the Monday post... which is true because I was driving back from where Carhartt lives very, very late Sunday night after spending the weekend with them. It doesn't happen often that I have the chance to get away for the night, but this last weekend I could... so I sure as sh*t did.
We hung around Saturday, went to the movies and out for dinner at our favorite brew pub - they have *the* most amazing Mac & Cheese (that they add bacon too for me) - and it's fantastic..... and then we even went shopping which officially made this "my" day. lol
Sunday.... I woke up to be dragged to a hippie-waffle place (no really - like all forms of healthy/gluten free/made with bacon in them: waffles) which was actually really good... though I confess that I got the organic whip cream, fresh local strawberries and chocolate chip waffles.... only in Oregon: I swear. Then I promptly fell back asleep while Carhartt weaved the giant truck up and down through teeny-tiny logging roads until we were at the top of a smallish mountain....? hillside? Whatever... way the hell up in the friggin' sky on these tiny ass little roads that look (to me) like they are going to give-way under the wheels of this jacked up trucks anyf*ckingsecond.
Did I mention before that I'm *very* scared of heights?
No. Seriously.... I am.
But up we go.... and I just try not to look out the window - and certainly not down..... hell no. Instead I close my eyes and try to breathe... which means I fall asleep because I can actually fall asleep anytime, anywhere. Period. Oh, and don't f*cking kid yourself... this isn't like Sleeping Beauty pretty-sleep... no no.... this is me drooling and jerking my head from one side to the other while I *try* to wake up and not sleep... and - and I mention that I snore?
And no... I don't mean to say that in the comfort and privacy of my bed - I snore. I mean to say that seated on feet from Carhartt, with the blue skies above and the sun shining down during this gorgeous (but scary as all f*ck drive) - there I am.... drooling and snoring.
Pardon me while I go on with my bad self and bring sexy back.... won't you?
So. We get to the top, well that's to say we compromise on my thinking we're 'high enough' and Carhartt feeling we're "outdoorsy" enough. First we have to let Luke out to run..... then Carhartt gets out these fantastic green foamy things that go over the rocks, then a blanket goes over that so I can sit down.
For the record, *that* is how you get a city girl to go 'outdoors'.... you bring soft cushy things that make sitting on the hard ground seem bearable. You bring wine and light snacks and wood for a fire... and - quite frankly - you don't expect *me* to do anything other than sit on the blanket on top of the cushy green thing. I mean - for one, I'm not terribly coordinated and I shouldn't be trusted in a forest area with any combination of wood and fire. Period. For two..... well... ok, let's just keep it to the one. lol
Carhartt is the Master of Compromise. While shopping and movies isn't their favorite thing to do... dinner at their favorite brew pub *is*. Bam: compromise and we both get what we want. Cushy green thing and blankets and wine.... and the next thing you know I'm taking pictures of us kissing in the reflection of your sunglasses with the blue sky above us a fantastic view in front of us..... pretty sure Carhartt got what they were looking for... lol.
Of all the differences in this relationship, I love love motherf*ckingLOVE - that I can talk to Carhartt about anything and everything.... oh and by *talk* I mean to say - over-talk to an extreme.... but I can can to them about anything and everything - no matter how silly and stupid, or how big and important... and they listen. I can bring up things I don't like, or things that make me uncomfortable and instead of debate or arguments: a compromise is found.
Or... sometimes I just get a text back that say's, "Calm your ass down, woman."
and I'm not sure which I like more to be honest.... the fact that Carhartt isn't afraid to step up to me and shut me down when I'm crazy (which... yeah, might be a weeeeee bit more than I'd like - the me being crazy part... hahahaha) -OR their ability to compromise.
Either way..... I feel like I'm figuring out how to be a better equal and a better 'partner'. Oh, and I'm also discovering that even though Evan Dando is right and I may not be the "Outdoor Type".... when I'm spending time with Carhartt it doesn't really matter what I'm "missing" back in the city.... life just kind of stands still when we're up there. We can talk and take in the view and just.... be. Together.
I'm kind of really growing fond of that.... the being together part, even if it means I have to step outside of my comfort zones to get there.
Of course.... one has to wonder what is *wrong* with Carhartt that they still want to spend time with me after drooling all over myself.... and snoring. SNORING! F*ck..... how embarrassing.
This weekend Carhartt is coming up here we're taking the kids to St. Helens for lunch and walking on the water.... oh - and I'm sure the kids and I will sneak in our usual Twilight locations: so much for not drooling on myself this weekend... hahahahahaha :)
Like most people old enough to remember the day: I vividly remember 911.
I remember my own emotions, the emotions of my city.... the TV coverage, the talking heads.... all of it.
That night my ex-boyfriends' band, Belle and Sebastian, was supposed to be playing The Roseland in Portland.
First there was panic because there was concern that someone we all knew was potentially *on* one of those planes.... but as the morning progressed, management called to assure us that the person is question was *not* on one of the planes.... and then there was this kind of guilty relief that washed over us all. Grateful to find out that our friend was ok... but then you think - why should *my* friend be ok when so many other people are not? What makes one person safe and another a National Tragedy?
Second, there was *much* debate on whether or not they should play their show that night. The world felt so heavy that day.... personal and political emotions collide in an unfamiliar place where there are *no* answers and every minute reveals more pain, more death.... more devastation.
It was debated amongst all the band members.... what do to - was it somehow disrespectful to play their show? How can we all sing and dance knowing that someone else is in catastrophic pain?
The thing is..... *every single day* - someone, somewhere is in catastrophic pain. Bad things are happening in the house next door to us, in our local schools..... sometimes, even in our own homes.
However, now in our modern times, we can immerse ourselves in this devastation sooooo quickly. We can twitter and facebook the death and the mangled cars and the kids covered in rubble being carried down shredded streets.... and so we do. We sit and we watch and we soak it in - and we look for the heroes - we look for the people who are helping and saving and we cheer as loud as we can for those being saved.... and pray as hard as we can for those who are not... those are missing.
In the end, the band played. I remember the tension in the room when they came on stage - the band felt uneasy, the crowd felt unsure of what they should do: clap? cry? collectively hug? After having stood in that small space that is between the band and the crowd (the photo pit) at literally hundreds of live shows - the electricity in the room had a flavor and a vibe I had never felt.... and I was pretty sure I didn't want to feel it every again.
All of Belle and Sebastian took the front of the stage, Richard sat at the drums and they opened with 'Turn! Turn! Turn!' by The Byrds. IT. WAS. AMAZING.
Within seconds the entire crowd swelled and sang along - which was good because the band hadn't rehearsed it much and some of them weren't entirely sure of the words... lol. It was a beautiful way to pay homage and respect to those going through such a hard time while we stood on our feet getting ready to enjoy the night..... and after they played that song, the entire venue shook and rattled with the roar from the crowd. And then the band played their full set.......
It seems to me that since I started The Blog there have been sooooo many horrible things that have happened. Batman movie theater shooter, the kids in the Oregon mall, Boston, Sandy Hook.... I'm sure that have been others.... and now we have almost a whole suburb wiped out by a tornado and *more* missing kids and people unaccounted for.... and death tolls rising and whatnot.
I never know what I should do.... it feels wrong to crack any kind of joke .... it somehow feels a bit wrong to smile. So..... even though I have a lot to smile about these days: today I'm just going to post the link above. If you want to help, if you can help - please do.
My thoughts and prayers are with anyone affected by the tornado.... and tonight: so are my words.
Please consider using the link above to find an org. that you feel comfortable making even a small donation, too. A little goes a long way.
WOW ELLE YOU ARE SUCH A WONDERFUL TRUSTING PERSON--REMEMBER WHEN EL CAPITAN KEPT TELLING YOU THAT HE WAS NOT WITH HER ,THAT HE DID NOT BETRAY YOU-THAT IT IS NOT LIKE THAT----AND THEN YOU GO SEE WHERE HE SLEEPS WITH HER-----GGRRRRR-WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO YOURSELF--HE IS A LIAR AND A CHEATER HE IS NOT A FATHER AT ALL--HE LEFT HIS CHILDREN FOR A 22 YEAR OLD KID----HE IS NOT WITH THEM 24/7 LIKE HE SHOULD BE ---HE TOOK THE EASY ROAD AND LEFT THEM WITHOUT A FATHER SO THAT HE COULD PLAY WITH HIS NEW TOY -AND SOON HE WILL HAVE NEW KIDS WITH HER ,WILL BUY HER A HOUSE AND LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER AND YOU AND YOUR KIDS STILL WILL BE LIVING WITH SOMEONE ELSE AND STILL BE THE FAMILY HE DID NOT WANT AND THE FAMILY HE THREW AWAY BECAUSE HE DID NO WANT THEM ANY MORE--HE WANTED TO DO WHAT HE AND YOGA GIRL WANTED TO DO--REGARDLESS OF HIS RESPONSABILITIES----WHAT A GEM HE IS -THE BASTARD-----ELLE HE IS THE WORST ROLE MODEL FOR YOUR KIDS---DID YOU EVER FIND OUT WHY HE KEPT SAYING OVER AND OVER HE WAS NOT HAVING AN AFFAIR AND NOT SLEEPING WITH HER WHILE YOUR CAR WAS PARKED BY HER HOUSE AND DID YOU EVER FIND OUT WHY HE DID THOSE THINGS TO YOUR CAR AND WHY HE DID NOT KEEP UP WITH THE VISITING DAYS AS STIPULATED BY THE DIVORCE-----WHY DID HE LIE TO YOU ALL THE TIME----I CRY EVERY TIME I THINK ABOUT YOUR BIRTHDAY PRESENT FROM TARGET OH MY GOD WHAT A SLAP ON THE FACE THAT WAS----AND WHY SO MANY THOUSANDS OF TEXT MESSAGES DID YOU EVER FIND OUT WHAT WAS THAT ALL ABOUT=====WHO OR WHY WOULD DO THAT---BY THE WAY HOW DID HE MEET YOGA GIRL---DOES HE HAVE COLLEGE AGE FRIENDS NOW---DOES HE PARTY ALL NIGHT LIKE THEY DO---WOW WHAT A PSYCHO CASE HE IS----STAY AWAY AND KEEP YOUR KIDS AWAY FROM THIS PSYCOPATH, HE IS HEARTLESS AND I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY YOU PROTECT HIM AND HER WHEN THEY ARE THE ADULTERS AND THE ONES WHO DID WRONG-----LET THEM BE KNOWN AND SHOW THEIR PICTURES----YOU ARE NOT THE ONE WHO DID WRONG, THEY ARE THE GUILTY ONES------STOP PROTECTING THEM THEY DESERVE EACH OTHER--HE KNEW HE WAS COMMITING ADULTERY AND SHE KNEW HE WAS MARRIED,BUT THEY WENT AHEAD AND BETRAYED YOU KNOWING VERY WELL HOW THEY WOULD HURT YOU AND NOT REALLY WORRIED ABOUT IT------I KNOW EL CAPITAN KNEW YOU WOULD REACT THE WAY YOU DID AND GIVE HIM AS MANY PASSES AS HE NEED IT TO GET AWAY SCOTT FREE AND GUILT FREE-----HE KNOWS YOU BETTER THAN YOU KNEW HIM,,,,,,HE WALKED AWAY WITH YOUR BLESSINGS........"
Wow. Julieanne..... right between the eyes friend..... right between the eyes.
And... rightly so.
You are not the first person to write me an email/blog comment similar to this one.
Sadly..... as Jenny B and Miss J would happily sit and tell you..... there's a lot more El Capitan has done that has *not* been posted on The Blog. A LOT. :(
When I was a little girl my favorite song was the Tea Pot song: "I'm a little tea-pot, short and stout. Here is my handle, here is my spout. When I get all steamed up, here me SHOUT. Tip me over and pour me out."
Writing The Book was my way of tipping myself over and pouring it all out..... I just writing and pouring and writing...... until I was empty. That book is literally soaked with my own tears.... and you know what - I never read it. lol
Seriously. I wrote it. I chose certain friends for certain reasons - and they were all sent various portions or chapters. I asked them to read it and tell me what it needed - was there something not explained? Something I over explained? Etc...... For the most part - the book is, essentially a first draft that was edited and printed.
I actually hadn't read it until the night of my book signing- and even *I* was caught off-guard by how much pain dripped off the pages and fell right smack into my lap.
Pages..... just dripping with pain and anger and tears......
Carhartt is trying to read The Book - they read The Blog every day..... lol. However, The Book is proving to be a lot of anger and pain for them to try and process..... which leads Carhartt to asking me some of the same questions that Julieanne asks above.
The truth is..... I kind of blocked a lot of that out of my mind..... I had forgotten about the scene outside the hotel with El Capitan and The Boy..... and reading the words above, I was instantly sitting back in the drivers seat of the Mazda 5, starting at El Capitan in disbelief..... and my heart swells with pain.
Just like that..... my little tea-pot self is full to steaming.....
F*ck..... of course I worry about what *really* goes on at their place.
Of course I realize that they *WILL* have kids of their own..... El Capitan say's no... but I'm smarter than that. I know that they will get a house and build a whole new family.... and chances are: my kids will be more on the outside looking in than living on the inside......
I f*cking know this...... and it sucks.
I remember vividly my sh*tty birthday AND the year that El Capitan actually *forgot* to get me *anything* for Christmas - AT. ALL. I'm dead serious. I got ONE present: a Snoop Dogg CD. And yes... before you ask, I do love some Snoop... however, a $12 CD wasn't really the present I was expecting under the tree when we'd been married for 7 years. None of this is lost on me.
I have long believed that El Capitan did what he did knowing that I would 'do the right thing'.... that, while I am an *amazing* b*tch..... I always do the right thing. He left... knowing his TV and video games and clothes and general stuff was safe.
He knew I would take care of the children.
He knew I would take care of the paperwork.
He knew I would be fair.
He knew I would sell our home.
He knew I would DO. IT. ALL.
It's a sick irony that the very same *strength* I used to get those things done - to make it through it all dragging two broken and crying children with me to the other side.... is the *very* strength that El Capitan found so emasculating during our marriage.
So, I realize that El Capitan got a pass.
and..... I know that I'm the person who gave it to him.
But what f*cking choice do I have exactly?
How motherf*cking long do I have to live in the shadow of this pain - hiding from life and love and happiness?
After The Book and after Christmas where we didn't see El Capitan for what.... 5 or 6 weeks? Where he didn't show up for Christmas.... that was kind of emotional rock bottom for me.
After that, it was time to strap one on and climb out of that whole and start over.
I had to.
The kids needed me too.
Julieanne - you make some really valid points - and I know that there is a longer email where you share some pretty horrible stories about what happened with your kids.....but, you and I both know that The Court doesn't give a sh*t.
The Court isn't going to make him pick-up his kids and they aren't going to slap his wrists when he doesn't pick them up. Unless he's feeding them hard drugs and alcohol or beating on them.... they aren't going to change anything.
If *I* tell him no.... then I'm the one in legal trouble. I'm the one who pays the price with a Judge if I fail to follow our order.... not him.
Do I worry that we will a return of El Capitan of last summer.... hell yeah.
Do I worry what kind of 'role model' he is....?
But. At the same time...... in that place between being angry and staying angry.... and living - I had to move towards living. I had to ...because honestly, it felt like parts of me were dying.
So I moved slowly ... very slowly - towards moving on. Learning not to forgive, but .... let go.
Then I worked on tolerating La Novia.
Then I worked on accepting her.
I don't have any other choice..... and honestly...... perhaps I'm wrong (thought I pray I'm not) - I don't think that La Novia does or say's things to them that are.... 'bad' or 'manipulative'. She seems to do things with them to genuinely connect with them on their level.
Sometimes... we're not bad people: we're just people who make bad choices.
In the mean time, I'm still loving on those two kids as MUCH as I humanly can.... but soon I have to go to work full time. Blogging and Photography do not pay very well, they don't come with medical benefits and retirements and such..... so, I'm trying to enjoy these last few months of not having to work full time before I have too.....
I do tend to try to pain our life, both to myself and to others, in a positive way - because I can either walk down the road of negativity or hope...... As the mother of two children: I have to chose hope.
I have to be willing to trust and try and *hope* that everyone will do the right thing... that the children will remain the forward focus of every adult involved in their life. And..... it's my job to help them develop the emotional tools they will need in their lives to deal with people who let them down.....
In the mean time, The Girl still adores her Dad.... and I refuse to take that away from her. For as long as she can hold onto the idea that her Daddy is a great guy who has done nothing wrong... I'm going to let her hold onto that. If El Capitan's actions take that way eventually: that's on me.
It won't be on me.
And who knows.... may be that won't happen.
I take each day as it comes, I wake up with hope, I try to have trust - I try to have patience and.... even through the weight of my past is there pressing down me - I try to move forward and make choices based on possibilities and potential ..... and hope.
Because, to be honest - the only thing between anger .... and living: is hope. Is the willingness to *have* hope and act in hope and move forward in love.... I'll let you know how that goes. lol
Tonight while I was writing this post, I found out on facebook that one of my senior clients lost their Mom tonight to a very long and painful battle with Cancer. What a way to spend the end of your first year of college - right? :(.............
I don't know if what I'm doing is right or wrong..... I read books, I talk to people. I talk to professional people and other wives and husbands and kids who have lived through this and I try to piece together what's the best plan of action for each and every situation...... but knowing that *this* Mom's journey is over and she leaves behind two kids who's weddings she will miss, who's college graduation she won't be attending - and NOT because their Dad was a cheating ass who 'ruined her life' decades earlier... but because she's dead.
See.... living in anger is the same thing: death.
I want to have hope. I want to live. I want to laugh and love and .... be happy. Because unlike my client's Mom: I CAN. and thank f*ck for that.
I'm still here.... and who knows for how long - right?
Yes... I know that El Capitan did some really sh*tty things.... but you can either be buried by it - or use it as fertilizer and let your flowers grow instead..... no matter what - I'm going to fight to grow. Period.
Yes... it gives "them" a pass..... but more importantly it give *ME* a pass. A pass to be with Carhartt and see where that goes because I'm able to trust (kind of... lololol) - and move forward.... and it gives my kids a pass to have their Dad for *as long* as they can......
It gives us all a pass.... and I'm extremely grateful for that tonight.
Now I'm off to snuggle my babies until they wake up in the morning....
They always say that you find out 'who your friends are' when the really bad things happen to you in your life. I suppose that is probably true - but.... I have to be honest and admit that, for the most part, my friends and family are kind of awesome all the time, which is something I'm incredibly grateful for.
Growing up we lived in LA - and I spent a lot of time with my cousin Jim. Jim was a bit older than me and it wasn't long before he was waaaaaaay older. I was still all Barbie's and Pretty Ponies and he was flipping through VW Beetle magazines and arguing with his Dad over getting his license.
As a kid I had little understanding of the idea that one didn't marry their first cousin- unless of course they are a member of the Royal Family or living in Texas (it's legal there... did you know that?) - so.... *I* really wanted to grow up and marry Jim.
Jim was a California surfer boy through and through with his floppy brown hair and year-round tanned skin.... he was my idea of *dreamy*.
Sadly..... Jim didn't grow up to marry me - he married Natalie instead. They had a *wonderful* Boy of their own, almost the same age as mine. I've only met Natalie a few times, and really only once before El Capitan left.
However, after I posted on Facebook that El Capitan had cheated and we were getting divorced, Natalie was one of the first people to text me. She texted me in the morning to see how I slept - give me encouraging words for the day. She would send me funny jokes and say dirty, nasty things about El Capitan and La Novia in an attempt to make me laugh.
Then at night - when most people were busy with putting kids to bed and spending time with their own husbands (understandable... lol) - Natalie would be there texting me to see how I was.
It was truly amazing to me that she would make time for me in her day - never forgetting about me and what I was going through. She was my cheerleader and a hand to hold and a shoulder to cry on.... only a text away. So... yeah - needless to say, I was kind of getting over the fact that she married my "future husband". lol
Last week Natalie posted the photos above ..... her car had been broken into in the parking lot of the school she works at. Worst of all - Her Boy was there and saw the damage and was having nightmares that night about people breaking in and taking their stuff. :(
Natalie's purse and allllll of it's contents: money, gift cards, etc.... was all gone. Not to mention the expense of having to replace the busted out window. She was distraught. I was instantly heartbroken for both of them... what a violating thing for her son to see.
Now.... back up to TWO weeks ago and I was straightening up the garage where some of our stuff is .... ummm artfully stuffed. lolol..... it's supposed to be the "stuff" I thought we would "need", so it didn't go to storage, but it selfishly takes up one half of a two car garage (you don't know want to know how big the storage unit is that the kids and I have... holy f*ck it's massive. sigh....)
Anyhow - it was all leaning and toppling over so I went out there to sort through some of it and keep it form falling over and I found a lot of stuff I had forgotten about, which was funny because I remember keeping ALLLLLL this stuff: it was important! We needed it!
and yet.... most if it I haven't looked at - haven't even *thought* about it for a months now.
Those are some *serious* First World Problems right there.
One of the bags I found had a collection of sweatshirts and scarves and a purse - that had all been hanging on the back of our front door. When I first looked in the bag, it smarted just a little bit. The Girls' Hello Kitty sweatshirt, The Boy's Skeleton sweatshirt.... markers of a time gone by - a time that existed *before* we became a family living in Two Houses.
Whether *I'm* happier now or not.... is irrelevant. It's hard to think about that time - when the kids world was whole and happy and without 'divorce'..... it was a shock to my system to open that back and suddenly be standing back on my living room and seeing those sweatshirts hanging on that back our family's front door.
Also in the bag was a black Coach bag that I had carried at the time. I hadn't had it long - so I pulled it out of the bag in the garage and it was still practically brand new. I loved that bag.... but I tucked it back into the plastic bag with the too-small sweatshirts and placed it on top of a few boxes.
Jenny-Jen-Jen bought me a Thirty One purse for our LA trip in August, and I usually just carry that now....
So... move back up a week to Natalie's post, the first thing I thought about when I saw her car window smashed in and her read that her purse was stolen .... was that *I* had the perfect purse to send her.
The next day I took my purse to the mail place and boxed it up to send to Natalie, but it wouldn't get there in time for Mother's Day - so I posted a picture on facebook for her to see what was on it's way.
I didn't really think about it - I mean I didn't really need the purse, I have one. I wasn't using it - and it's awful pretty... too pretty to sit, forgotten about in my garage.
I was expecting it.... but that same person who had been there for me allllllll those months. All those texts she took the time to send - those were minutes out of every single day - minutes that she spent thinking about ME - praying for me - being there for me.... she gave me soooooo much of her Mommy time and her Wife time and her Working time..... every day.
She was always there for me with her time and her words and her feelings..... all I did was put a purse in a box and ship it to her.... and yet, the next text I got from her said:
"I'm crying too much to text..... thank you."
Turns out.... Natalie had never owned a Coach bag. WHAT?
Now.... *that's* a First World Problem for sure... lololol and one I was *happy* to fix for her.
Then she texted me this: "Wait... do I have to trade you Jim for the purse? I'm not saying I won't be willing, I just want to know first."
Needless to say - Carhartt isn't easily replaceable.... and of course, I'm fully aware now that one doesn't marry their first cousin - but I thought it was sweet of Natalie to offer.
There are soooooo many lessons I have learned in the last year - not the least of which is that *things* don't mean anything. Things are just things.... they fill up a storage unit and clutter our minds .... it's just *stuff*. People are what matter - people who have been there for us and will be there for us - they matter. I can't afford to buy Natalie a new Coach purse, or replace her stolen money or cards..... I think it's very kind of her to accept a used Coach bag and be so f*cking excited about it that she posted on facebook tonight that she just keeps holding and stroking the bag 'because it's so pretty'. lololol
Woman and purses..... lol
There will always be more things..... but there won't always be more people in our lives who we can trust and lean on and find support in. My purse was only a teeny-tiny token of alllll that I owe Natalie.
Even if she did steal my 'future husband'...... lol :)
I realize that I've been a bit quiet on the topic of Carhartt as of late.... mostly because I don't really know what to say.... I know: it's shocking to think that I don't know what to say.
But it's true.
Dating with kids is sooooo much different than dating without kids. In the first place - on a good I'm lucky if I can shower, put on my make-up and do my hair.... but usually I can pick just one - I certainly don't have time to do all three. So.... I've been doing my best to *try* and do as many of the above as I can.... but I have to admit that on some days I just pull on my generously cut Old-Navy shirt (the cleanest one of course) - and hope that Carhartt is distracted by the little cleavage I do have and ignores the rest. lol
For the most part: this seems to be working.
At the same time, it's nice to have someone in my life for whom I *want* to try and look nice for.... I've kind of been excited about that.... that and the fact that I'm not well over 60 pounds lighter than I used to be and am now shopping in the regular section of Old Navy.... bring on the $6 t shirts!!!!!! (Mommy Translation: more cheap shirts = a f*ck load less laundry I have to do.)
It's a bit unfair that all Carhartt has to do is pull on some dusty brown Carhartt pants, a t-shirt and I'm alllll kinds of swooning. Although, I pointed out how nice they looked in black (makes those red eyes kind of pop.... you know - gotta' get my Cullen Clan on... hahahaha) - and since then I've seen various types of Carhatt/Hanes/Dickies black shirts making the rotation.
Whatever.... Carhartt looks good in pretty much anything.
Carhartt lives several hours away, so we pretty much only get to see each other on the weekends - and with the kids and whatnot.... they usually come up here: Carhartt and Luke the Dog. It works out pretty well because El Capitan has the kids on Saturday afternoons, The Bubbie and The Papa pull babysitting duty on Saturday night (so we can go out for dinner or dancing and stuff) and then we spend Sunday with the kids together..... but poor Luke the Dog is tired of driving and sleeping on hotel floors.... so Carhartt is looking for work closer to Portland now.
It sounds like a "big step"... which I suppose it kind of is, however.... Portland has more job opportunities AND, I was quick to point out - that when Carhartt tires of me, there are no shortage of eligible ladies to take my place...... to which Carhartt shoots me a dirty look and say's, "Woman, you better stop it with that sh*t."
It's that kind of cute..... of course, it's said in a stern way, but not in a super serious cave-man way either... lol
But honestly..... being a Mom means you have zero privacy on a good day, being a *dating* Mom means you have LESS than zero privacy. There's almost no opportunity for 'stolen' kisses and cuddles in the kitchen without someone's tiny feet peeling out on the linoleum because The Girl 'ran out of Goldfish....'.... or better yet, there *is* a chance for a stolen kiss and just about the time I get used to someone's arms wrapped around my waist ...... we both hear.... "moooommmmeeeeee... I'm doooooneeee....". And the next thing I know I'm leaned over someone's poopy butt on wiping duty.
Dating with kids is waaaaaaay not romantic.
Because everyf*ckingwhere you look there are reminders of *what* is going to happen if you crawl into bed together.... know what I mean?
When you're dating and it's all hot and heavy and romantic and dreamy.... you can *kid* yourself into thinking that life will be this fantastic journey where you have perfect and well-behaved children who go to bed on time and grow up to be healthy adults with good paying jobs (who move out) and you'll grow old together holding hands on a front porch swing.
Date me and the reality is that I have two *very* well-behaved kids, who have amazing comic timing and *sh*tty* romantic timing.... I LIVE with family... no matter *who* marries me down the road they aren't just marrying me - but they are also getting two kids, El Capitan AND La Novia in the mix..... they are getting shared time and pick-ups and drop-offs and child support payments and co-parenting in two households with three people.....
Oh.... and I should be ashamed to admit this.... but the truth of the matter is that a friend bought me that book, "Go The F*ck to Sleep" - because they thought I would find it funny.... which I did: it's hilarious. However.... I have to be honest and admit I've muttered that very phrase more than once at 11pm.... Dating me is more a practice in why safe sex is necessary and less a romantic experience.
In any case: you get the idea.
This is *not* a case where one gets a lot of opportunity to 'dream' of what could be - because it already is.... AND... I can't give Carhartt any more kids.
This is something I struggle with *a LOT*. Carhartt say's it fine that they weren't 'sold' on having any 'biological' kids, but that they like kids and would like to have a family and they are "fine" with that being "my" family and nothing more. I'm not so sure.... babies are kind of magic. I explained this to Carhartt - that babies are magic and YOUR baby is really really magic.... and Carhartt say's that babies are also boring, cry too much and wear diapers.
Carhartt doesn't do diapers.
Good to know. lol
Carhartt say's that The Boy and The Girl are perfect because they are great kids who are well-behaved, who adore Luke the Dog and are the perfect age for camping and fire building and fishing and hiking and looking for night-crawlers......which is 'the dream' for Carhartt.
Even still.... I feel bad.
I think it's just hard to know that decisions you made in your last relationship will affect your current one in a way that you can't change. I hate that.....
Any life with me is going to involve someone else....
Someone else's mistakes
Someone else's children
someone else's opinion about the care of those children
I think it's a lot to ask someone to take all of that... and sometimes, I wonder if it's even fair. The kids always have to come first..... their needs, their wants, their education, their well-being.... their kisses, their cuddles.... and I wonder if the role was reversed, would I be okay with that?
Carhartt tells me that I think too much - may be... may be......
In the mean time, though, I'm just trying to be still, be happy, be grateful that the kids and I have someone in our life who brings us joy and happiness and red roses on Mother's Day..... and who takes the kids for a walk in the rain on Mother's Day because I just needed five minutes to finish cooking. Someone who had to carry The Girl all the way back to the house because she broke down crying and was too tired to walk anymore.... AND - Carhartt didn't complain... instead, they just stood in the kitchen, still a bit damp, holding The Girl while she calmed down.
I think that was the best present I got on Mother's Day... an extra pair of hands to help me, an extra set of arms to carry The Girl... a hand to hold mine.
May be it's just for today.... and tomorrow and the day next... or more... whatever it is: I'm grateful.
For the most part, I get pretty nice email or messages from people. Lots of people write and use words like "inspiring" or brave or whatever.... but I don't usually share them because that seems a bit obnoxious.
I'm a b*tch who was unknowingly in an unhappy marriage and got cheated on... I made a funny sign to sell our home.... and we all know the rest. While I'm humbled by the idea that some people are positively affected by my willingness to share my story - and it's very, very wonderful to think I've helped people...... I *personally* wouldn't use words like "inspiring".... but that's just me.
Believe or not, I *have* actually shared the negative comments.
Well... ok - so when comments come in, it display's an IP Address for who sent them. There have been a few occasions where *really* nasty comments came up with a very local IP Address and I suspected it was someone who knew us or what friends with La Novia/El Capitan and in that case I don't post those because I want to avoid creating more problems among us.
But.... I only have one friend in sweet Canada - hi Emma! - What's up with me and Canada?
Today this wee gem came in:
I lost count of how many times you said "f*ck/f*cking/boof*ckingya". First, everyone knows you're saying "fucking". Why censor it? Are 6-year-olds reading your blog? Secondly, when you say it at that frequency, it makes you look vulgar and not very smart.
In the first place..... I checked the IP address and found it was only a FEW DIGITS off of Ms. Posits.... and that they both live in the same town in Canada......
Be as insulting as you want but how *fucking* high school to have your friends do it or use your friends computer.... lololol. It's like getting my house tee-peed. hahahahaha
"Kat" is no the first person in my life to point out that *I*....... have a potty mouth. At this point, and at my age - I think it's fair to say that I have *more* than a potty - I think the whole motherf*cking bathroom is in there, frankly.
Someone pass the bleach mouthwash please. hahahaha
I have, over the years, considered not swearing -either at all, or not as much.
Then I thought..... f*ck it.
Just the other day Carhartt pointed out that I'm the first person they have EVER met who can literally take *any* ordinary word and turn it into a swear word by inserting the word 'f*ck'..... and how coming out of *most* people it would be offensive... but when I say it: it's cute and funny.
Clearly... we're still in that "honeymoon" phase.... hahahahaha
Regardless.... it's true. I say f*ck and I say it *alot*.... and Dear Kat.... I don't care.
Not a little.
Not a lot.
Not at all.
In fact, I interviewed Beth Orton once - we did pictures for a magazine cover on a rooftop then we did an interview in the tour bus. During the interview she mentioned that one of the guys in the band was *always* bringing back a new girl after every show and shagging them in his bunk on the bus. A tour bus is *small* quarters - where the bunks are two high and three long and face each other with curtains at each bed that are your *only* privacy.
I remember asking her if she cared that he did that - and she replied.... "Do I f*ck.....?"
It was absolutely the *most* creative way anyone has ever said 'no' to me in my life...... it was brilliant and I have used that line in as many conversations as I can since 1997.
And then.... there's always Dexter's sister - Deborah Morgan - who say's f*ck like a thousand times in an episode.... she's kind of my hero. Her and House. Yup.... that pretty much sums me up. lol
What people don't usually know and understand about me is that while I'm confident, I'm not really arrogant. I don't think I'm smarter than other people or that I know more than other people .... and I'm not above someone pointing out something about me that I need to work on or improve.... so, even thought I suspect that Kat's words come from another place: they still gave me pause.
Am I vulgar?
F*ck yeah I am..... that is sure as sh*t true to say..... and I could give a sh*t.
What is vulgar.... the use of offensive language?
In the first place.... don't be my friend if you find it at all o-f*cking-ffensive that I swear.
In the second place ..... you *might* want to evaluate how much f*cking time you have on your hands to go to a blog and read it enough times to *know* just how many f*cks are on each page.... (for the record, there are less than 65 forms of f*ck in 300 pages in The Book - I thought I did pretty well there..... )
Why are you here?
*You* have the power to hit that little red 'X' in the top right corner of the screen (top left on a MAC) - and if you're too stupid to figure out that you have the power to read and not read whatever the f*ck you want - then you're clearly too stupid to *be* vulgar.
Believe me..... you assume my use of curse words is a sign of my ill-educated mind.... but I can assure you that one has to be well educated and have a firm grasp on the English language to be able to pepper it with fbombs..... I'm like a Master F*cking Vernacular Chef of sorts.
Finally..... as the button (recently purchased for me by a GOOD friend!) - clearly states.... See All The F*cks I Give.....? Exactly.
I find *a lot * of things vulgar.... starting with stupid people.
Then closely followed by ... husbands who cheats, women who sleep with married men, people using their kids against in each in a divorce, rape.... incest, drunk driving, theft, bullying, racism, bigotry.... just generally being an a$$whole.
Those *things* are vulgar... and yet they happen *all* the time... and we excuse them.
Oh.... his wife was a real bitch - she got fat.... you can't blame him for leaving.....
Oh... she's young and doesn't know better.....
If Tommy Jr. undertands what a douche his Dad is - he'll grow up to be better than his Father.....
That guy is such a "fag"......
Are you a 'dot head Indian' or 'the feather' kind? (I actually heard that TWO WEEKS ago. sigh)
People are vulgar allllllll around us, everyday .... and we let is slide. We excuse it, we explain it, we dismiss it -
we let our friends leave the party when we *know* they've had too much drink because we don't want to argue with them......
Who cares if I write a little blog and say f*ck a lot?
Not me. See above for all the f*cks I give.
One of my very bestest friend, Miss J - called me in complete annoyance because *her* little boy had said "fuck" at preschool. Miss J is a *great* Mom. They eat mostly organic - she doesn't pull thru McDonalds to get her kids a smoothie... no that b*tch pulls out her fancy-a$$ blender and makes those bad boys FROM f*cking SCRATCH!!!! She has cupboards with those magnetic locks on them. She cloth diapered and buys hemp clothing and *never* swears in front of her kids.... who all, incidently, have a strict bedtime and they never, ever co-sleep.
The Boy had no bedtime. Ate food from Wal-Mart and smoothies from McDonalds and was the proud owner of thousands of Pampers that he sh*t in.
Oh.... and his Mommy has a potty mouth which she has *never ever* hid from him. Period.
She called to say that she *could not* believe that *her* kid was coming home with a note from preschool about having said f*ck during Choice Time.... and she wanted to know how it was possible that The Boy had never cursed at school.
I explained that from a *very* young age I told The Boy that he was free to use adult words, but that if he did, he wouldn't have friends. Other parents would hear him talk and not let their children play with him. I told him that people would judge him for using those words and that, in the end, he would wish he hadn't used them.
So.... he never has. Poor kid thinks "idiot" and "dumb" are bad words. lol
The truth of the matter is- we are *not* putting enough value on OUR collective behavior... but we *do* put a lot of value on our words. We can show rape and murder and untold amounts of violence on TV.... but say f*ck at all - or sh*t before 9pm.... and you'll get an FCC fine.
Last time I checked - no one was harmed in the making of this blog - no matter how many f*cks I write.... and yet, dozens of people are *harmed* by other people's actions while I sit here and write this... and later while you sit and read it.
I don't really give a f*ck.
I have a potty mouth.... big whoop.
I'm also a good person.
I got over my sh*t and have dragged this family to a better place.... even if it was over broken glass and I swore the entire way there..... I got here.
and yeah..... boof*ckingyah to me.
Do you know how many people don't make it here?
How many people give in to their anger?
Give in to their fears?
.... never move forward.
If you don't like how I've done it.... that's totally cool with me.
If my fbombs bug you.... then guess what: you're probably not my kind of person.
and again... please refer above to see just how many f*cks I give.
We live in a country where we no longer know our neighbors, where our kids spend more time texting and sexting than they do *connecting* with real family and friends who will carry them through their hard times.... we are *literally* killing each other in movie theaters and on the streets of New Orleans at a Mother's Day Parade.... THAT IS VULGAR.
I'd rather listen to someone's potty mouth alll day long than deal with that sh*t.
Bring on the Andrew Dice Clay.
Bring on Lisa Lampanelli.
I don't need to be not vulgar.
I don't give a sh*t if you or anyone else thinks I'm educated or not.....
I have to be a good Mom.
I have to find a way to support us.
I have to find a way to move us forward.
I have to make two happy families out of one.
I have to forgive.
I have to be tolerant.
I have to accept.
I have done those things and speaking frankly..... the rest of my little family is the better for it.
Did we say f*ck a lot along the way......?
Yup.... sure did.
Did it hold me back? Nope.
Did it change anything? Nope.
and because of that.... I wouldn't change me.
This is me.
This is how I process things.
This *is* how I talk.....
Again- red X - find it and move on. :)
For those who also don't care.... I hope you had an awesome f*cking Mother's Day.
Carhartt got me red roses and took me out for dinner..... swoon. :)
The kids asked La Novia to draw me a beautiful Mother's Day card with they signed inside.... and she did.
Yup... you read that right: La Novia made the Mother's Day card my children gave me.
.... and I love it.
I *love* that the children feel confident and *comfortable* enough in ALL our connected relationships that they can ASK La Novia to draw my mother's day card. There is so much personal and collective success in that statement. I'm incredibly proud of that card and allllllll that it represents for me.
I took the kids to the jewelry store and The Girl picked out earrings for La Novia for Mother's Day.... which The Girl was very excited to give her.
One year....... it's been one year.
I think that, in spite of wether or not I'm educated or vulgar or.... whatever: I'm doing something right.
At least.... I'm doing things right for *my* family.
And.... to that end, there are a thousand ways to get this wrong - so if I'm willing to be open enough and brave enough to share this journey because people say it helps them.... then I will do it.
But I can only do it as *me* - and this is me.... f*cks and all. :)
Happy F*cking Mother's Day!!!!!
I hope yours was as awesome as mine! :)
Carhartt took this picture of the kids over the weekend: my little photo bombers. We were trying to get a picture of just us..... but the kids kept running behind us and popping up.....
So after a few attempts we gave up and just accepted that the kids are front and center.... lol
But aren't they freakin' cute!?
It is not at all lost on me that I am *incredibly* lucky to have met someone who is willing to put my kids front and center in their own life. Someone who understand that they come first and, for the most part, nearly all decisions in my life are made with them in mind. Not everyone would be willing to accept that.....
Today I took the kids over to El Capitan's place, which is the first time I've ever been there. The Girl wanted me to see "where Daddy lives"...... and so I did.
It was much like I expected - not too much unlike the photo's that used to be on La Novia's facebook page.... I have to admit that it felt weird when standing in their bedroom The Girl pipes up.... "This is [La Novia] and Daddy's room......"
It wasn't like it hurt my feelings - but that's a very strange statement to hear coming from your four year olds' mouth.... there's so much *mature* understanding in that statement:
Mommy doesn't sleep in a bed with Daddy
Daddy sleeps in a bed with La Novia
This is *their* bedroom.
It's a bit mind blowing to be honest.
I spent time walking around.... snooping at the photos on the walls, and the DVD collection and whatnot... just kind of taking in this new life of El Capitan's: the one that replaced ours.
It looks almost the same - the movie's, the video games.... but this isn't my home: this is her home.
I have wondered for a while now what it looked like.... mostly, I wondered if there would be remnants of my children there. Would this be a home occupied by a bunch of young singles..... or would it be clear that two children "belong" to people here.
I was thrilled to see among the carefully placed photos and books and DVD's..... were crayons and paints and construction paper and.... *evidence* that not only to do children come here... but they belong here.
I was thrilled.
The kids .... are doing really well. Lately The Boy has been a bit on the emotional side - most likely do to a lot of changes around him lately..... so that's to be expected I think. However, we are *all* certainly a lot farther than we were one year ago this weekend at Mother's Day.
I almost can't remember what it was like. It's like a movie, I can see myself sitting at my kitchen table, hunched over, broken and crying.... but that person and those emotions feel so far away now that I almost don't know if they were real..... I say that because back then, when I was feeling them, they were so entirely complete that I thought I would never ever feel anything else but that pain.... and yet now: there's no pain.
There's a certain amount of disappointment in us that we didn't keep our shit together for the benefit of our kids - and.... there is a lingering concern about their current emotional well-being and also about what kind of adult relationships they will have now that they are "products of a divorce".....
However, speaking as the 'woman scorned'.... those feelings are gone: long. gone.
And I'm so so so grateful that they are.
Hate and anger have been replaced by forgiveness and healing.
Pain and confusion have been replaced by happiness and acceptance.
Most importantly.... tears have been replaced by laughter.
And.... most of all, gratitude.... I have a huge sense of gratitude for the *living* we are doing.... because I know it won't always be good. I know there will be future hurdles and future problems.... but again - we've come this far - so I hold out hope that we can continue on the upward path: together.
Carhartt asked me what I wanted for Mother's Day.... which is sweet. Super sweet. The truth is, I kind of already have everything I need - and..... currently: so do my kids.
That's a gift.
That's a gift not every child has.
That's a gift not every Mother's has.
..... it's certainly something I didn't have last year for Mother's Day.
So.... Happy Mother's Day to all Mom's.... birth, adopted, step.... etc.
Today I got the following blog comment:
Stephanie Posit said:
"I'll be honest, I didn't vote for Obama. I think most of them are giant lying bags of douche.... Sorry... but I do: on *both* sides of the aisle."
You are so ignorant. Typical white trash, not all black people are threatening or lying douche bags. Lemme guess, you live in a small town in the South? I pray that in 15-20 years, your daughter will bring home a black man that she has falling in love with.
You're an idiot, no wonder your husband left you. That 22 year old, showed signs of intelligence, and probably had an open mind.
Again your an idiotic fool, no man would put up with your stupidity.
Hmm...... I quickly re-read my post looking to see if my message wasn't clearly stated. I felt it was.
Then I looked at the IP address of Ms. Posit and noticed that she lives in Canada.
If I may, Ms. Posit, the section of the post you quoted and shared, is a common saying that refers to our political party system, as according to Wikipedia, let me elaborate:
Aisle (political term)From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The U.S. House of Representatives
is divided by several aisles
In the United States
, the two major political parties, the Republicans
and the Democrats
, are often referred to as "the two sides of the aisle
]Origin of the usageUsage of the term "aisle" comes from the United States Congress
. In the Senate
, desks are arranged in the chamber in a semicircular pattern and the desks are divided by a wide central aisle. By tradition, Democrats sit on the right of the center aisle (as viewed from the presiding officer's chair) while Republicans sit on the left. Unlike in the Senate, there are no assigned desks in the House of Representatives
chamber, but as in the Senate, Democrats sit on the right of the center aisle (as viewed from the presiding officer's chair) while Republicans sit on the left.
A member of one party who votes for legislation supported by the other party and generally opposed by his own party is described as "crossing the aisle" (a similar phrase used in countries operating under the Westminster system
, is "crossing the floor
]"Both sides of the aisle"A proposed law that has bipartisan
support is said to be supported by both sides of the aisle
When I wrote that "I think most of them are lying bags of douche.... Sorry but I do: on *both* sides of the aisle." - I was NOT in any WAY referring "African American people" - this is STRICTLY a political statement referring to the fact that I think POLITICIANS (the "Them") are lying bags of douche - regardless of the party they come from (both Republican or Democrat).
It appears that this is not a saying one uses in Canada.
Now. Let me address a few things for you.
Ms. Posit, when writing nasty statements about people, you should *try* to do your research first, otherwise you run the risk of looking like an ignorant, racist, idiot.
For one.... this Blog only exists because I made a sign to sell my home in Portland, Oregon. A quick search of Google and the THOUSANDS of returns will tell you that I'm in Oregon. I do not live in a small town... and last time I checked Oregon was NORTH WEST of the Mason Dixon line and most certainly not located in the "South".
Mind you.... that statement *alone* is incredibly racists and assumes the stereotype that all "white" people living in "small Southern" towns are racists and don't like 'black' people.... that would be fairly incorrect.
Another common American saying comes to mind here.... When you ASSUME, you make an ASS of U and ME. Just sayin'.
Sooo..... to recap - YOU, Ms. Posit, misunderstood a common American saying AND you failed to do your own homework about me.... which.... kinda makes *you* ignorant.
As for whether or not I'm "white trash".... well, I'm not so bothered about that. lol
Lastly...... it is *incredibly* racist of you to assert that you hope my "daughter brings home a black man". What the motherf*ck is wrong with you?
Let me be *crystal* clear.... EITHER of my children can bring home any of the following:
a transgender male
a transgender female
an African American
an Englishman (especially if they happen to look anything like Edward)
any flavor of European
a Latino of any kind
a Native American Indian.....
are you getting my drift?
For instance, if my *daughter* comes home with a WOMAN who is also AFRICAN AMERICAN.... I will not have an issue with that. If she comes home with an African American MAN, I will be just as fine with that, too.
As I said in my blog post - I DO NOT teach my children *values* in terms of RACE OR GENDER - but instead, in humanity.
What I WILL NOT TOLERATE is them bringing home any of the following:
someone who is ignorant
someone who is rude
someone who is dishonest
someone who disrespects them
someone who cheats
someone who doesn't value them
someone who doesn't truly love them unconditionally for who they are
Hmm..... you'll notice I don't make any specifications about race or gender because.... and please - wait for it...... I don't f*cking care. lol
I put my efforts as a parent into raising *people* who are confident, who value themselves, who act in kindness and compassion and seek to find that in others. With whomever they find love - I will be grateful that they found love and embrace that person.
Yes.... even if they come from Canada and don't always understand American verbiage.
(just kidding.... seriously, I love Canada: you gave us William Shatner!)
One teeny-tiny last thing, Ms. Posit..... when you say "your an idiot", you mean to say "you're" - as in you are. When you write 'your' - that is not correct. However, when you say 'your stupidity' - that was used correctly.
Needless to say, I find it odd that you failed to read or comprehend the rest of the post where I make the argument that my beloved country is not nearly as far down the road to racial equality as it should be. The entire post was about how one child in the country grows up believing white women might be scared of him because of his skin color - while another of the same age and race can grow up in confidence to become the President. To me that demonstrates a gap in our society that *has* to be addressed by each of us in our own homes....
Ms. Posit, before you take the time to respond, you should try reading an entire post, first... because reading and taking one line of our context and then resorting to name calling and racism *is* the very definition of ignorant... and I for one - would rather be white trash than ignorant.