Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Hi Cloudia, Leilani tagged you in a post.

“ When pure sincerity 

forms within,

 it is outwardly realized 

in other people's 

hearts. ” 

 Lao Tzu


Hi Cloudia,
"Leilani" tagged you in a post. You can choose if you want to add it to your timeline.

"Leilani" wrote: ""The minute you realize you're different, is the moment you become normal."

Words spoken to a bunch of us po'e mahu while we were in high school still trying to figure out what and WHO we would later become. Mahalo Cloudia Charters for instilling in us that we are women of worth.

We didnt choose this life, but we sure as hell didnt shun it nor did we force ourselves to be what society's thought was "normal". And your slander and violence cant change us. So to the asshole that bashed my niece for being the "woman" she has always wanted to be...get a life, get a grip, get a clue and get lost.

Sincerely yours,
Me :)"

Some days I feel old, "past it"
like this Disco Ball in a wheel chair.
We both ruled many many nights
of glory under the lights.

But did my years past MEAN anything?

Today is good.
My blog friends are the BEST!
We share stuff that matters.
I have a life. . .

Imagine my surprise
to receive the email above
and to see all the great comments.

Something like 15 years ago,
I facilitated after-school groups
for at risk High School folks.

They were "At risk"
because they were Gay
or Transgendered,
or still figuring it out.

It is humbling and uplifting
all at the same time
to know that my Oahu neighbor
an adult now,
is herself nurturing youth
and remembers the time we shared
as important.

I have had the privilege of knowing
that my actions 
have mattered.

What more can anyone claim?

  > < } } (°>
' Take Peace & Smiles - Leave Your Comment '

Thanks for visiting!
                               Warmly, cloudia


Lynn said...

That email is a treasure! You made a difference.

Dave King said...

This seems to be breaking new ground for you. Fascinating to read.

the walking man said...

All actions have consequences equal and relative to those actions. Do well = others get know the flip side.

Brian Miller said...

that is awesome....its so cool to run into kids you worked with and to see that what you taught them stuck...or made a very cool.

aloha from va

Charles Gramlich said...

That disco ball in the wheel chair is some kind of comment on the lives of our generation isn't it? Wow!

Adam said...

a little off topic, but my middle school kept a disco ball in the cafeteria, just to use it for like 3 dances.

Hilary said...

Oh that is so cool, Cloudia. You must be floating.. as well you should.

Karen S. said...

So perfectly said- this is one of those moments in my blogging life that makes me shout to the world- thank goodness for friends like you!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Well done Cloudia, this doesn't surprise me at have such a strong sense of self it can't be anything else than encouraging for young women who read your work.

Teresa said...

Way to go, Cloudia! Seeds that you planted are all grown up and bearing fruit!

Cloudia said...

Each of you makes a difference in my life! Thanks so much for you friendship

Kay said...

What a wonderful feeling, Cloudia. I can just imagine what a wonderful teacher-mentor-friend you were (are!).

Bob Bushell said...

Nice. The rainbow to the ball in a wheelchair, excellent.

LOLfromPasa said...

Oh my, how absolutely amazing just like you!

Cloudia said...

Good things come in 3s like you trio of dear friends!

Thank YOU


What an inspiring post for today! Those youth were lucky to have you and you both touched one another's lives!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

You are an inspiration!

The Elephant's Child said...

I am not in the slightest bit surprised that you mattered then. You matter now. Lots.