Homeless Sessions: The Whale

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While I was homeless for a month, there were several thoughts that ran through my head on a daily basis. One theme kept popping up in unexpected places – Jonah and the Whale.

One day, Joel Osteen was talking about Jonah and the whale. I don’t watch Mr. Osteen very often. Okay, I had never watched his sermons before or since. However, that day I listened to his whole speech. Then I went on with the day.

At that time, my days were not filled with inspiration or any sort of happiness -not just because I was within days of sleeping on the streets. On top of the stress of being practically homeless and pregnant, I was still with my abuser.

Apparently, it’s very common for women and children to be homeless after leaving their abuser. I’m not sure how common it is for the abuser and victim to be homeless together.

My abuser and I moved from Ohio to Florida. It was my idea. It was part of a master plan to get my abuser away from my kids and I. I am not normally a liar but I lied in order to get him to go along with this idea of moving to Florida. Actually, I am a terrible liar because I can’t keep a straight face. I was Jonah and hooked this whale with my big fat lie.

Obviously, the plan was not going according to plan. It was not in the plan to end up homeless. I had two problems: no money and an abuser in my face 24/7. I was Jonah and could not get rid of this whale.

The second thing that happened that spoke to me was a woman from a church was giving her testimony. It was for me I had no doubt. Basically, she said, “Leave him. He is not for you.Go home.” I’m paraphrasing but that’s what I heard. It’s what I needed to hear again.

About a month into being homeless, a minister came to the homeless shelter to preach. Guess what his sermon was about that day? Jonah and the Whale. The point of his sermon was that some people have a whale. The whale could be drug addiction, insecurity or whatever is holding you back from really living a good life.

I knew it was time to leave for good. It was time to let go of my whale; otherwise, he was going to suck the last bit of life out of me and our unborn daughter.

I called the domestic violence shelters but they would not accept me because I was not officially a Florida resident yet. So it was time for me to put aside my few scraps of pride and call someone from back home.

My phone contact list consisted of all female names, in case my abuser looked through my phone. The only male on the list was my dad.

I made a phone call to Uncle Vicky the next day. Uncle Vicky was friends with my mom. My mom and I weren’t speaking. I didn’t call her because I was ashamed of being in this relationship. It was also important that I didn’t cry. My abuser was super suspicious of everything, even when it was nothing.

My mom, who is normally a kind, generous person, wanted to run over him with her car and rightly so. He brought nothing but destruction and toxicity to our lives. Also, I’m pretty sure he killed the cat when he threw a baseball at it.

Uncle Vicky and I made arrangements for me to come back to Ohio by the end of the week.

I left the whale at 3 a.m. in February 2008. He called every name in the phone that I left behind at 5 a.m.

I do not regret tricking him. I do not regret leaving him hundreds of miles from his family. The plan was a bit extreme but I would do it all again. It was something I felt truly led to do.

It was the beginning of a new life for me and youngest daughter. I had to rebuild every relationship that I had including my mom, my two older daughters and my dad. Nothing was easy when I returned but I’m glad I came home.

Go Climb a Tree: Stumped vs. Purple Plum vs. Tree

Get it? I’m stumped. Oh, tree humor. It should be a thing. (Nerd in the Brain – is it a nerdy thing already?)

Yeah, I’ve been trying to identify the tree in my backyard. I went outside to take the picture and everything.

So I thought it would be easy peasy to identify this tree. Nope. I am truly stumped right now. Another clue that you can’t see are the berries. They look like blueberries rather than mulberries. Mulberries sort of look like black raspberries.

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If anyone happens to know what type of tree this is, please let me know. If anyone has any tree jokes, that would be great too.

One of my friends said it could be a purple plum. I think she might be right.

In conclusion,

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Go Climb a Tree Challenge

Hour 24 Interview NOT On BuzzFeed.WTF

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Hour 24

Update: The page with the interview has disappeared. Gone. Vanished. I’m not sure where it went or why. I’m hoping that it will be back soon. I may or may not be freaking out right now.


So I did this interview with Hour 24. It’s posted over at BuzzFeed. Check it out. They also have a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to make their next album. They’re going to be working with a really great producer. It’s an amazing opportunity for them.

Speaking of amazing – I love their promo photo!

They are also from Temperance, Michigan so Michigan readers – show them some love for sure! Ohio readers, don’t hold it against them. They’re just over the border so it’s almost like they are from Ohio. 🙂 Actually, I think at least one band member does live in Ohio.

At any rate, read more about them over here:

Hour 24 Interview on BuzzFeed

Nope. Sorry. It’s gone. Maybe some other time.

Go Climb a Tree: Sugar Maple

Nerd in the Brain has another nerdy challenge. For this one, you might have to go outside.

The challenge is to find out what types of trees are around you. When we moved, I decided to put the desk by a window with a beautiful tree. I like to look outside, so there may as well be something beautiful to look at, right?! I just don’t like to go outside. So this is a challenging challenge.

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I also found a tree identification guide at the Arbor Day Foundation’s website. It is really helpful. I discovered that the tree by the window is a sugar maple. It’s going to be really fabulous in the fall.

Arbor Day Foundation: Tree Idenification

Go Climb a Tree: A Go Play, Go Learn Challenge

I Have a Glee Hangover.

This isn’t the post that I wanted to write. I wanted to write something spectacular and meaningful. At the very least, the elusive post should have been hilarious.

It’s not mean to be today. Why?

I’m suffering from a “Glee” hangover. I stayed up too late watching “Glee.” I could not stop watching. Darned you Netflix and your new episodes. No. Wait. I love Netflix and the new episodes. I wait for them all season long.

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So I can’t think about anything else except “Glee” and my friend, Lizzi. She’s coming to America! I might get to see her if she stops in Ohio. Glee is set in Ohio. . . .

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Anyway, I don’t think Lizzi will be doing a tour of “Glee” landmarks. Maybe we could just do showtunes at Karaoke and take a ridiculous number of pictures and post them on Instagram. Then I could have a real “Glee” hangover and an actual hangover.

This is Lizzi’s blog. She is also a magical unicorn.

Considerings

P.S. I took a quiz. It said I’m Rachel. I feel like that’s not true. She’s way more organized and bossy. I see myself as a combination of Britney and Santana.