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Friday, January 25, 2002
      ( 11:35 PM ) Jackie  

A Rare Opportunity to Make an Old Woman Happy

Sometimes it seems like there's little we can do to change the world. We may find that it's the little things, the personal things that really make a difference in the end. You know, being kind to strangers, helping an old person across the street, just being polite--saying 'please' and 'thank you'--and smiling at children and crazy people (but not too much) and petting stray dogs.

Right now you can do one of those Small But Meaningful things.

There's an old lady, a lesbian, living in Oakland, who has a dream for her child, her sweet gay boy who for unkown reasons is wearing plastic bags. She still hopes he will see that The World is a Good Place.

She knows he and his best friend have had hard lives, walking miles in the snow to school, putting up with taunts from their classmates because they had no shoes and dressed in chartruese and pink plaid. They worked their way out of that adolescent hell and into the warmer zones of paid work. Now each day they plod off to work hoping only to make the world better and art more, well, arty.

And what can their mothers hope for them now? Oh, it would warm their hearts to see their dear boys win an award, any award, even....The Bloggies.

Yes, right now, today, you can Make a Difference. Vote for these poor children, show them there is still Good in the World. Show them that in spite of not-good-enough parenting and living as trailer park trash, they can still Be Someone. Show them that The American Dream is Alive, now more than ever. Vote for them, not once, but twice. Once for best glbt weblog and once for best webcam of a weblog site

And bring joy to their poor tired and somehwat confused old mothers. Do it. Do it now. Do it by 10:00 PM EST on Tuesday, January 29. You know you should.

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