This has been an interesting day. . ...well, aren't all days interesting? ;-) When I drove on campus pass one of the dorms my eyes caught sight of a Rainbow Flag out one of the windows. hmmmm Interesting. For purple I have this great scarf. . . bright purple. . .ya can't miss it. So I decided to set or copy a fashion trend I noticed one of these years. . . .LOL It was just there, hanging down. You think I made a statement?. .hahahaaa
In my first class at 11 a.m. I casually noted attendance . . . playing cool , , ,as i sized them up. Quick tally I'd say about 3/4 had some purple, of some shade and location [ I think all the shades of purple Bannister mentioned in his post were in evidence. ] One girl had this huge purple pom-pom she was trying to keep attached to her hair! Good luck, lady! It proved to be quite a distraction and she removed it with a flourish.
One guy made a point of showing me his purple socks which lit up the aisle. hahaaaa Anyway we chatted and laughed together and then got down to work.
We were talking about factors which go into shaping our personalities.. . .One of the guys, sitting center stage right, raised his hand to ask a question. So I said "Yes. . .Mr. Brack. . ." For formal occasions I often call a student by his/her formal name. He got kinda red and then said, as cooly as possible "Mr. O'Shea, were you always gay?" There was an intake of breath from the group. I wasn't / they weren't expecting that personal a question. . . .I said "Now, Mr Brack, what makes you think I am gay?" Silence. Then Paul kinda grinned and said "Because, Mr O'Shea, you told us so!" That broke the ice; we all laughed. . . some of it was a bit of nervous laughter. . . I scratched my head "I did? . . . .Was I drunk?" More laughter. It wasn't and has never been a hostile environment so I was comfortable and thought to myself. . . "AHaaaaa. . .this gives me an opening I've been waiting for! I can talk about being gay, how it "happens" and how being gay fits into my personality formation...", . . .and away we went.
It couldn't have worked better if I had set Paul up myself. . .so Mr Brack. . Paul, that is. . .asked "How did you know you are gay. . . .and when. . . ?" And away we went. . . .it was fantabulous. . . hahahaha. . . This was an opportunity I wasn't going to lose. . . ..and, it happened all so innocently. . .coming naturally from wearing something PURPLE PURPLE to remember the gay kids all over who are bullied, and dont quite handle it, sadly. . . and about the prejudice springing from fear about being gay.
One of the jocks said, very honestly, he wanted to believe all this tolerance and acceptance, etc. but sometimes felt that gays in the military would "break down discipline" etc. . We've all heard/read that line of thinking. He wasn't hostile. . . .but a part of me. . .very briefly wanted to counter this by saying "Well, first of all , Sonny, the whole world is not after or interested in your ass. . . or any other part of your gorgeous anatomy". . . .It would have been real comedy. . .and also very cruel. . . .and I would have lost them. . .totally. . . and betrayed the whole reason for Purple Day. I would never do that to anyone. . . .but I do have some stray thoughts now and then. . . and some not quite noble, either. hahahaaa
Anyway, it was an excellent day. Guess what! My after lunch 1 p.m. had heard about the morning class work, and wanted to do the same. So, of course, we did. They had tons of questions and got very involved.
A good DAY !
The photo above is the yellow bush outside the den window here at home. . .The angle and brightness of the sun makes it look like Spring. . .there is a softness to it all we don't associate with Fall. I spent some time gazing at it. . . .thinking things over. . . .Yellow is one of my favorite colors, especially the Spring yellows. .
SO. . ..away we go .. . always forward and upward. . . .. why not? ;-)