Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Day of Silence

Today is a good day.
I was able to sleep in until ten in the morning.
That is always a good thing.
Went to my favorite hair stylist Wendy, she is an expert when it comes to cutting naturally curly hair.
Before I met Wendy, I always took the chance that I would come out of a salon with hair that looked like Bozo The Clown.
Not the color, silly the cut and shape.
Wendy cut two inches off of the length, and I feel so much better, lighter even.
Then I was off to get my nails done and pedicure to boot.
These are my simple pleasures, that I do for myself.
Sometimes I feel a little guilty…then it just goes away.
Because I am worth it.
I finished reading, No Place Like Home by Mary Higgins Clark.
It is a good read, however I started to figured out the ending to soon.
That always disappoints me…the thrill was gone.
Now I am starting Dragon Tears by Dean Koontz.
I noticed that they put a sticker on the front of the book saying that it is a “Great Read Guaranteed”.
Good Grief…Is it really necessary?
I wonder how many people will take them up on the offer?

Rainman came home from school today telling me that he had a “awful day.”
So I made him a snack and sat down with him ready to listen to his woes.

Rainmans high school sets a day aside for what they call “Day Of Silence.”
A national youth movement protesting the silence faced by lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender people and their allies.
Participants wear green cards that explains that their deliberate silence echoes that silence, which is caused by harassment, prejudice and discrimination.
And that they believe that ending the silence is the first step toward fighting these injustices.
Rainman explained that the people that were participating in “the circle of silence” were being harassed by observers.

They were being called names, laughed at and ridiculed.
One of his friends C, a young sweet girl was hit in the head by a backpack.
Rainman was very upset because he thinks she is going to get a black eye.
He also expressed dismay over the fact that “it is nobody’s business what or who they choose to be with.”
Then he told me that “if I were gay, which I am NOT, mom…I’d get pretty sick of all the heterosexuals cramming their lifestyle down my throat.”
Today’s event at his school will definitely open up new avenues of discussion in the Rain Household.
Anyone else out there dealing with this with their own children? How did you handle it?

N Posted by Rain at 4/26/2006 09:19:00 PM


  • Blogger Elmwood posted at 2:05 PM  
    hmmm..not with my own children, but being guilty of being a long time homophobic I quickly had to get over MYself when I went to design school and as a matter of fact tonight I am heading over to my gayboyfriend's house. I once talked to him about this issue and what I said that bothered me was the fact that gay people are "so in your face" about who they are I rarely see straight people going at it in every nook and cranny of bars or streets etc. It just becomes uncomfortable. His comment was men are already horny and when you have two of them it's a recipe for wanting sex 24/7 which is why most of them "whore around"(his words) So as far as being in high school about it. I guess I would just say tell him to always stand up for what he believes in and someone will ALWAYS have SOMETHING negative to say about choices people make, it's just your choice if you are going to let it affect you or not-as for his friend I hope she is ok and I would definitely be telling her to go to the dean or whoever may help
    *sorry for the loooong post* :)
  • Blogger Rain posted at 12:07 PM  
    I just got back from volunteering in C and Rainmans Special Ed class. No worries the dean did become involved. "C" is a very tiny young lady with Downs and she thinks her black eye makes her look like a "Tough Cookie" :0)
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