…was what my mom called me when I was a) having a candlelit ritual in the backyard, b) extolling the virtues of tofu and condemning the meat industry, c) telling her about my “girlfriend” in Pittsburgh, or d) being otherwise Not Of the Mainstream, at least for my itty bitty suburb in Appalachia.
She would accuse me, on occasion, of being a nonconformist because everyone else was doing it. The sexuality, the religion, the food choices- all for coolness, y’all. This infuriated by 19 year old belly pierced black dyed hair sportin’ self very much. The piercings and the hair, sure. Superficial. But give a kid a little credit.
Exit mom, enter Bu. He tells me I’m non traditional for the sake of being non traditional. (Wasn’t I supposed to marry my father not my mother?) He told me that when I planned to hyphenate my name. (Turns out it’s an annoyingly long name, so no. I opted for his short & sweet surname, and took my maiden name as my middle name. Please don’t tell my grandma. My middle name was her name.) He told me that during intense, long arguments with pregnant me about vegetarianism and circumcision. He also informed me yesterday that I am too old to dye my hair purple. (Just a few streaks? Very sophisticated purple hair it would be…)
While people I love are wondering why I’m so far out man, I’m wondering how/when I got so tame. Feeling very soccermom, having tattoo lust again. Is it motherhood? Thirty-ness? I just feel very um, restrained lately. Boring, actually. Like I’m not expressing myself at Full Heidi Strength. Possibly related in a convoluted way to my not producing (fine) art and missing school.
As an extension of this obsession with lack of hip, I think it’s a huge tragedy that Molly has no cool clothes like the ones Drew is sporting. Why am I drowning in tiny pink things? So I was doing the online version of window shopping, and at Baby Wit I saw a T shirt that says “They’re raising me gay.” I told Bu if I were a single mom Molly’d totally have that shirt. He surprised me by laughing and saying that if we didn’t have the Mormon grandies around she could have the shirt.
I don’t know if I want my the Boue wearing something political, although this rocks, but I have got to get some funk up in her wardrobe for her birthday. I’m definitely earmarking some of the income tax return for her.
And this might be one of the most superficial posts I’ve written to date. Tomorrow I’ll update you on the joy of discovering non-toxic nail polish at the health food store and how Honest Tea chai is not sweet enough. Just because I wanted organic doesn’t mean I wanted you to skimp on the yum, peeps. Argh.