Month: September 2016

5 Christian Music Divas I Adored (Because I Wasn’t Allowed to Listen to Britney)

Growing up in a super Christian household had some lovely benefits. For example, Vacation Bible School was lit. Each summer had a theme and they would barbecue every day for a week! I got to eat burgers and hot dogs plus the opportunity to take part in an exciting new era each summer, whether it be “Under the Sea” themed or “Old Western.” I lived for the theatrics (as well as the applause for memorizing bible verses because I am an over-achiever/show-boater). Another lovely perk was the ability to remove myself from several specific narratives including the study of science and dinosaurs in elementary school. Science was my least favorite subject and I was sure to deny evolution openly in class, as well as the thought that dinosaurs ever existed. I had friends who loved dinos and Jurassic Park but I much preferred watching Regis and Kelly over playing childish games. While my family simmered down with strict religious rules by the time I was 14, there were still things I had to catch up on as I …

How I Rose to Power in Sixth Grade and Got Scammed by My Teacher

Photo by Orlando Pelagio As an elementary school student, I was on fire. At an early age though, I also understood that I was controlling and full of myself. In first grade, I was the annoying kid who raised their hand to read just so I could show off the fact that I had been practicing at home in my room, devouring all of the Roald Dahl books I could find at the school library. It’s what landed me the role of ‘Narrator’ in our first grade production of The Great Kapok Tree. By second grade I solidified my role as teacher’s pet and became the adoptive child of my favorite teacher, Mrs. Winston. She was everything to me. She taught me all about other cultures and religions, including her Jewish family traditions. Her life seemed so much more fascinating than my boring Christian household. But in third grade, I wanted to fit in with the other kids. When my teacher told me that I was excelling at a fifth grade reading level, I tried to play dumb. I was put in the reading group …

I Thought I Had Walking Pneumonia but It Was Actually Depression

Photo by Orlando Pelagio.  The following takes place during the month of August 2016. I was glad I could squeeze in an appointment during my trip to Arizona. The nurse called me back to see my doctor. First she told me to get on the scale to check my weight. The number was shocking. For the past few years, I have never weighed more than 160 pounds and would fluctuate regularly between 154-160. Upon stepping on the scale, I weighed 188 pounds. “There must be some mistake. Should I take off my shoes?” I asked, even though I know science doesn’t work that way. “No, that won’t be necessary. This scale is accurate.” She said. The nurse proceeded to take me back to where I would be seen by my doctor. I had all my symptoms listed and ready to go because I am prepared, boo boo. I don’t enjoy going to the doctor, the dentist, (or the clinic) so I am always sure that when I do go, I am ready to let them know what’s going on …