I will allow our videos and pictures that we recorded to speak for most of the story, but to get a bit of explaining out of the way, Mii~chan and myself attended the Asian Moon Festival at her college this past Friday, an annual festival celebrating all Asian cultures from Korea to Japan, from China to India and everywhere in between. The festival offered games, food, performances from the different countries and a showcase of all the different Asian traditional fashion.
Also very prevalent was the ever so powerful and growing Gangnam style as we got to see actual Koreans and Giant Panda perform the dance (though we got no video of it, we did get some rather shaky images).
Now, let’s get to the good stuff (videos and pictures after the jump):
Today a little 13 year old boy killed himself at a school Mii~chan once attended, even so it was the little brother of one of her best friends. So she has been taking it really hard.
And it got me to thinking on what I should say of the matter, because as a human I felt I should say something. And this will extend to anyone and everyone who has ever taken their life over bullying or for any reason.
I was bullied in school pretty horribly growing up, and it never once let up until I hit high school and the bullies started realizing they had better things to do with their lives. I was even jumped a few times, and it was at its worst around the age of 13 as well. And it never helped that to add to the bullying I was always the butt of my friends jokes, that it became very very difficult to tell a regular insult from a fun-loving joke. And I still struggle with that today even.
I remember one time I was in basketball practice around 7th grade I believe and one of the upperclassmen who wasn't even on the team came up to me and shoved me down as I jumped up to shoot for a basket. I defended myself the best I could but wouldn't you know it, my coach didn't do a single thing about it. And he wouldn't be the last in this story. When we thought he had left, our coach sent us to change and called practice over and this same guy showed up in the locker room. He chatted a bit with the others he was friends with and as people started leaving one by one, this guy stayed. And his name was Kasey, so I'm gonna stop calling him guy from this point on. I tried leaving but Kasey wouldn't let me and not a single person on the team would help, they just kept leaving. And I was pretty physically week back in these days. I was your standard skinny-armed white boy nerd.
Well when all that was left was me, he had one of his friends Andrew, another even upperclassmen come in and put me in a headlock and then Kasey continued by threatening to stab me in the stomach with a freshly sharpened pointed pencil. He didn't after I started crying, and then he and Andrew let me go.
And to this day, I never found out what started any of it. I asked why, and he simply said he didn't like me though I had never done anything to him to begin with.
I ran out of their crying and I ran straight to the principal's office. When I got there I found one of my best friends Mitchell there as well and he too was crying, turned out another one of the upperclassmen, Derek, was right outside throwing basketballs at Mitchell just because he could. We explained everything to our Principal and Superintendent but ultimately they never did anything about it.
Of course I told my parents too and my mom confronted each kid about what happened but they only laughed.
The moral of the story and the reason why I told it comes from a question Mii~chan asked me earlier today, "why do kids do this to each other?" and my answer was: I don't know. And it's true, as a victim of bullying I still cannot tell you what triggers kids to do what they do. And the saddest part comes from authority figures who are incapable of making a dent in the system and stopping the bullying before it starts or gets worse.
Kids are too scared to talk to authority figures as well, and thats also sad but it's understandable. A parent can mostly threaten, not always can they do much more. And when you're alone, that bully can do whatever he likes to you to create yet another scar on your heart.
I just want people to know, that as the younger members of the human race it is up to us to be influential in keeping this world pristine and habitable for future generations like this little 13 year old boy who left us all too soon. And we need to make it worth wanting to stay on wether we do it emotionally or environmentally, kids should not have to grow up carrying the weight and scars of those who would harm them. We all deserve to live, a happy long natural life and die at a natural old age looking back on the happy life we lived, and the good people we helped.
Every being of life is precious. Human, animal and plant.
Let's start cleaning up our own messes. As precious as we are, let's start loving instead.
Speedo had started to smell funny I figured it was time for a bath. He didn't really agree, but it happened anyways. He's wet, scraggly, and smells so much better. He'll be over himself by tomorrow, but its still so funny to see him all de-fluffifyed. ^^
So here is the long awaited TnT post. I'm sorry I have been hellishly busy. Let's begin.
I will be honest here I do not go to many Cons, not by choice but by budget. But it is almost tradition now that when I do go to a con I am destined to have a bad time. Or at least some bad memory associated with the con.
This con though? I had a very unenjoyable time. And I hate that. But don't worry, there is a happy ending.
So here's why:
Bailey, Derrii-kun's other cat. :3 Isn't she precious?
Leo, one of Derrii-kun's cat. :3 Being feisty as always. He's such a good kitty and likes to be guy, eat and sleep all the time. This is one of his rare moments of playfulness.
Skye, Mii~chan's second cat. :3 Sorry for quality but its too cute to not share!
And of course, Speedo. :3 The usual star of the show.
We say slow day at the top, but it was really a busy day because I made a life changing decision today that I am actually quite okay with and when I got out of work my tire was flat, which took up most of my night and time I had to put together a real blog post that we need to get out of the way. So, expect that later this week. So Mii~chan and I decided we would show off our cats to you all, it will not be a regular feature (unless you all want it to be? We could give them their own gallery in the photos section), but it we love them and we want you all to love them too. Hope you enjoy! :3
....wow. So sorry guys. We have been so ineradicably busy. Like I said in my last post I moved! I'm no longer living at home, I haven't been for the past month really. Its been crazy. I honestly do really love it, but like anyone, I do miss my parents from time to time. Move in day was exhausting. I never know I had so much stuff. And I didn't even bring half of the stuff from my room! Luckily my dad and brother were there to help carry up the heavy bags....ok ok, they carried up pretty much ALL the bags. But I did the unpacking and putting away. It really is quite cozy. The best part though is my kitchen. Its been so nice being able to cook for myself instead of having to eat out all the time, and Its kinda funny to see how my roommates react to my cooking. I guess I'm a bigger cook than I thought. ^^" heh.
Ack! Please excuse the awful photo DX But isn't Speedo the cutest parrot cat?