What in the world is happening?... The story of a gay couple's child being expelled/kicked out of a Denver Catholic School is another example of the church's hypocrisy...
Long story short (as I hate being too religiously opinionated):
Twenty-some years ago I got married (yes to a woman, and it was legal) for the second time in my life. I had two sons by my first wife, and she (the 2nd) had a daughter from her first marriage... Since we had both been married (the first time) in the (Catholic) church, we chose a more informal way to tie the knot the second time, as neither of us elected an annulment... Fast forward several years: Our children together are ready to enter school... Our local parish had a k-8 school attached to it and the Miami-Dade County Public School System was not the best in our area, so the logical conclusion was to enroll them in the Catholic School, as we had already agreed to raise them in our familiar faith...
We were informed by the Pastor of our parish, that "Even though you both are married outside the church" they would be happy to accept my son and daughter (and our money and required volunteering) into the school. He also suggested to both of us, seriously considering getting an annulment from our first marriages and renewing our vows in the church, in order to be recognized, and allowing us to receive the sacraments weekly...
We talked about it some, and then introduced the idea to our older children, incouraging their input... The unanimous response was: "Would this make us Bastards?" and yes, by then they all knew what the word actually meant... We "back-paddled" and never considered the idea again... Fast forward several more years... After my heart attack in February 2005 (also about the time I knew I could not continue living the lie of me being straight) the pope, John Paul II, released a statement about the priests, here in the US, that had be caught with their pants down (so to speak), saying that those priests would be forgiven, as they all knew what they had done was wrong, unlike those that had been married in the church, divorced and remarried outside the church, and the gays/lesbians that know that they are living in sin every day... WTF? The priests are good-to-go? and the GLBT and remarried straight folks will be damned? That was the last time I ever stepped foot into a Catholic Church (other than as a guest at someone's wedding)...
So much for short, sweet and un-opinionated... NO CHILD should ever be rejected for the opinions or lifestyle of their parents. A lesson I learned and am re-learning today...
Besides the story itself, I found this cool document:
From the immortal words of Dolly Parton's character in Steel Magnolias "I'm not sure whether to wind my butt or scratch my watch", I am tickled pink that I am Bossy's Featured Gay this month. For those of you that have never visited her site (IamBossy.com), I encourage a trip over there. She has the most interesting, bizarre, informative, strange, and clever wit... and a definite knack for writing... Thank you Bossy, for making me a part of your wonderful world, and thank you Kelly for introducing me to her a couple years ago.
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming and my new life:
Life is good (read as: better) here in the "Other P-Town". I took a week off last week. I lovingly referred to it as my "Mental Health Stay-cation". Most people in semi-stressful positions need a mental health day now and then... I think once you hit 50 (I am now 54) your ability to re-energize takes longer, and you need at least a week to:
1. Get stinking drunk.
2. Recover from that, and figure out why you took the time off.
3. Get loaded again, while doing nothing constructive at all.
4. Recover from that, and do the dishes from days 1-3.
5. Do the laundry that has been there all week.
6. Buy more beer and polish that off.
7. Realize you have to go back to work tomorrow.
So... there it went... I watched DVD's, read, left the house only 3 times, and had a fantastic week of brain numbing NOTHING! And you know something? I DESERVED IT! I think Michael was tired of coming home to find me in the same clothes I was wearing when he left (usually a sweatshirt and flannel pants). But hey, it wasn't HIS vacation, it was MINE! Enough said... Sometimes you need a "Veggie-cation" and I got mine.
Did I ever write about my adventures as a teen? Growing up cruising the Bahamas and Caribbean on a 66 foot sailboat? Hmmmm, maybe I should put together some of those memories, before they slip into those empty Miller Lite bottles being recycled weekly...
But... for now that's all there is, so once again I say... Oh wait, before I say that famous/infamous line, I do have a request for all that have clicked on me from Bossy's blog. My neice founded and runs a non-profit in Washington DC and is trying to obtain some funding through the Pepsi Refresh Project. If her organization wins (through daily votes by people like us), One World Youth Project will receive $50k in funding for their current efforts. Please click HERE to get to the Pepsi page assigned to her, register, and then vote every day until the end of the month. OWYP is currently in 29th place out of 129 eligible organizations. This is my niece that (with Michael and me) marched on Washington during the Equality March last Fall... Thanks again Jess, for putting us up in your modest home... errr... apartment.... errr... cozy place!!!
So, now I say:
Over and "OUT" from my new life here in Portsmouth, VA
I have been visiting my blogging friends sites, and then thier favorites. I ran accross this over at at link to Circle in a World of Squares and totally loved the video (get past the beginning and you will see why):
Over and "Out" from my staycation here in Portsmouth, VA