Archive | July, 2013

That Moment When…

18 Jul

According to urban dictionary.com the phrase “that moment when” is used “before a descriptive past experience that targets typical teenagers and are sometimes relatable to. Inserting an adjective before “moment” specifies what type of moment it is”. For example,  “that awkward moment when your best friend gets yelled at and you’re just standing there…”

I see “that moment when” phrases on facebook newsfeed constantly and I also hear my students use these phrases. I was very annoyed with these phrases, but then realized that there are some  ordinary mundane yet unique moments that needed to be highlighted in people’s lives.

I put together a list of some “that moment when” moments that I have written in my phones Notes app over the past 2 months. I know there are more, but I had to let this out. Here are some:

That Moment when a 5th grader tells you they just got their period for the first time. In front of the whole class. And there are 3rd graders in the room (face slap!).

That moment when someone farts really loudly next to you in the fitting room at Kohls. Awkward…

That moment when your students follow you around from room to room to room. Without saying one word.

That moment when you think you just fought a stomach flu, but then realize you had broken your healthy eating habit for one too many days and then got super sick for a day. Stupid me.

That moment when a student asks you what a Booty Call is. And I actually answered the question without laughing.

That moment when an 8th grade student raises his hand and says, “I just wanted to let you know that I am having a lot of bowel movements today so I will be using the restroom a lot” in front of the whole class.

That moment when you want to have a huge dessert so you into Pinkberry, start to walk out by yourself with a huge ice cream….. and then run into 2 students, their mom and their cousins. (now I’m feeling fat….)

This one happens all time: that moment when you have to pick your murf during a softball game and the effort that goes into picking it without anyone looking.

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Same Sex Marriage

2 Jul

I didn’t think much of the legalization of gay marriages. I just thought, “yay what a boom to the economy” and “people will be more accepting of gay marriages in society.” But what really struck me was a comment that a gay pastor said on the news: “no longer will you see those teenagers who wanted or were thinking of committing suicide because now society is saying that there is nothing wrong with them and they are normal like everyone else.” That is what struck me. The impact on society after this important milestone in civil rights is so intense and powerful. No more discrimination. A step towards a reduction in hate crimes. Hope for young gay people. Just wow.

Then there’s the fact that my 26 year old cousin is gay and has lived for years with his boyfriend.  He even made it to my sister’s wedding by daring to get on an airplane from Washington just to see and join us on such a special day. He doesn’t have any papers. Jaime disappeared for a few years after his mom passed away. His dad brought him to the US to work, but after discovering that Jaime, at 15 years old, was gay, beat the lights out of Jaime. After contemplating suicide and depression, Jaime ran away and started a new life in a different state. Ironically, he has ended up working the grape fields for a winery just like our uncles at our grandpa’s ranch. I’m thankful for social media like facebook that has allowed family to stay in touch and so that we can support Jaime with his new life.

Then today see this image on the teevee. My sister tells me that she saw Chava and Bill on the teevee getting married. They were the first official couple to apply for a license and get married in Beverly Hills. Although Chava and I are not close, he is the first memory that I have of being in Mexico. Chava was the man who was mopping the floor and playing with my sister and myself with a bouncy ball at my uncle’s house. He is also the man that never cared what anyone said about him and continued his life. Yes, like many gay people he was severely depressed in a time period in his life. But he luckily met a man that has treated him and the people around Chava including my own my family with immense respect and admiration. Even when Chava and Bill briefly broke up, Bill still went back to Mexico on his own to visit Chava’s family and bring toys for the kids in his family. And my dad likes him because he is your “average” guy that likes muscle cars and rock music.  Chava is the more femenine of the two. He dresses like I used to dress in high school lol Plus he made an amazing Marie Antoniette with the white face powder and the Victorian Era dress for Halloween 3 years ago.

At the 0:25 mark of this news report, Chava and Bill exchange their wedding vows in front of the media. There’s also another video on the website that mentions how Bill arrives at 6:30am to camp out and be the first person in line to get a marriage. Of course, this was done while Chava was at home getting his beauty sleep.

 

Here is the link:

 

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/07/01/west-hollywood-offering-free-marriage-ceremonies-for-same-sex-couples/