I usually feel this way in the fall, probably because I've been wired to think that September is when a new year starts, with a new grade in school.
School was not my strong point.
I would rather skip out from school and go home to play my piano.
I did it a lot. Sorry mum. It's probably why I didn't graduate.
no shit sherlock ...
I was one of the worst teens to have around a school. I was a teen alcoholic and addict, I acted out, seeking attention because I didn't have a father, and felt ignored and abandoned.
So, my piano was my salvage, and it still is.
I remember one of those years as a terrible teen, I had a dance exam and received 99%. I was pirouetteing with joy and en pointe proud. I couldn't wait to get home and show my mum that I had proof that I really was 'good enough'.
even though i had to wonder, why not 100%, did i pick my nose during one of the calmer moments?
The bus home from my exam was so slow! I wanted to take over the wheel to get home faster so I could show my mum what I had accomplished!
I finally got off that stinky, 50 foot, public Cadillac and chassed up our backdoor stairs.
I only stopped for a moment to look and see if my stalker was in the bushes again.
yeah ... that's another blob/blab ...
Anyway, as I quickly went to open the door, I was halted when my mom was already standing there with papers in one hand, the other hand clenched in a fist and a face that spelled, "Look out baby, she's on a rampage!!!"
I tried to break through my mum's bad mood and give her something to be happy about.
"Mum!!! I made 99% on my dance exam!!"
I could feel my mother's wrath when she replied, "WHAT are THESE?!?"
As my mum passed the papers to me, I realized I'd been busted for all my skipping out.
You see, I didn't know the school would really have the information about me not having a father. I really didn't think they even cared what I did with my life.
So, my survivor instinct said, "Hey! Why don't you write sick notes from your 'father' to the school, and you can skip out and play your piano any time you want!!"
Well, I suppose the school officials knew me too well.
was it all the trips to the office that did it?!?!
There they were.
All my notes from my 'father', telling the school that I had 'this' appointment or 'that' appointment for my fucked up knees, or that I was just plain 'sick' on that day.
My stomach turned, my head almost exploded, and my pride ran straight out the back door I had strolled in.
I never did get a pat on the back for that 99%.
Anyway, my whole point of reflecting is, even though my mum could really only see the bad in our lives, there was a spark of the Andréa I am today.
I'm proud of myself, no matter if anyone else is.
I fuck up like every other human, but I still have joy from my accomplishments.
Even though this has been a challenging 5 years of my life, ...
the last one being utterly exhausting ...
... I'm present, and still searching for my positivity in everything that comes my way.
Here is my last entry of gratitude for the year 2011.
We're almost there.
I'm grateful that I skipped out of school and practised my piano, because my 'bad bahaviour' has made me into the musician I am today.
I'm grateful for that 99% on my high school dance exam. I may never dance again, but I do know that if I could, I'd still be great.
I'm grateful to be able to afford a new cat tree for our monsters. The Bastard Prince has not been this happy in a long time, and thus, it makes me happy.
I'm grateful that Papi and I both have the same desires in our lives together.
I'm grateful for My Person having come over a year ago today, and consequently helped me start my new trek for happiness.
I'm so fucking grateful to 'you', my imaginary friend, my Blogger Friends who were the first people I spoke to about Papi's male transformation, my ever increasing Trust List, my family and my chosen family for their love.
I'm even grateful to the Hen Peckers & Rah-Rah-Tranny people. If it wasn't for them, I would have never found the strength in my voice to roar.