It's time to turn my attention to Hippies.
I've been gearing up to plunge into Hippiedom for some time now which may sound silly but declaring yourself to be a Hippie is a major commitment, if you ask me. I won't declare myself to be a Democrat, for example, even though I almost always vote Democrat. I certainly won't declare myself to be a Christian, even though I generally support everything Jesus allegedly had to say.
I will declare myself to be an Early Childhood Educator and a mother and a liberal. In real life, I won't even declare myself to be a Stoner because in my mind, I don't smoke enough weed to be a stoner. Some would argue, however, that when your kid has swiped your bong you better stop trying to pretend you're not a stoner. Somehow saying you're a stoner is like saying you're a lush. I can hear my mother saying, "If the shoe fits . . . " right this very minute.
The whole Hippie thing started about a month or so ago when I left a comment on a post over at World Wide Hippies. They had just started the "Hippies May Be the Only Sane and Rational Force Left," series and Hunga Dunga Phil had this post up: Come Out! Come Out, wherever you are! In a way, leaving that comment was like walking into a recruiting office asking for information. Just to clarify, Phil doesn't call himself Hunga Dunga Phil. Part of the title of a book he wrote is Hunga Dunga, and I just like the sound of it.
Anyway, we corresponded briefly and he gave my phone number to Joe, one of the founders of World Wide Hippies. I'm not sure when they started the website, but they put up a Facebook fan page this year and have over 5400 fans (http://www.facebook.com/#!/worldwidehippies).
Joe is supposed to call me again this afternoon to talk about what I feel like writing for World Wide Hippies. I feel kind of goofy about needing to be hand-held through this process since WWH makes it very clear that anyone can send them anything anytime and they will seriously consider publishing it - but from the beginning, WWH has seemed like a commitment to me. I like posting over at Black Magpie Theory - especially since my latest post over there feels more like my own self instead of me being Political. It's just me talking about Velvet who - news flash - broke up with Cupcake and I wandered into fairy tales, feminism and wound up calling Ginni Thomas a teabagging pimp who is paying a bunch of whores to cock block a happy ending (Happy Endings, BMT 10.25.10) My mother is proud of my writing at Black Magpie and we all know I live to make my mother proud.
That's no lie - I really do live to make my mother proud which may partially explain how I spent 15 years in therapy. Another partial explanation is my Uncle Jenifer. Here's my Uncle Jenifer's facebook photo. S/he has 1,641 facebook friends, but nobody from his/her family will speak to him/her. That's another story all together.
Now that I think about it, though, maybe Uncle Jenifer does illustrate why I've become an adult who likes to stick my toe into the lake before I take the plunge. You really should check the water before you wind up over your head.
I've always liked the concept behind World Wide Hippies because it's got the potential to grow into something beyond Facebook Activism. In this TED talk, Derek Silvers discusses how to make a movement. He says: the first followers are what transforms a lone nut into a leader. When a leader embraces the first followers as equals, then everything is about The Movement, not about feeding the leader's ego. Joe and Phil and Dre are like that, and it's cool.
I've always been a bit of a Romantic, but it seems to me that the spirit of the Merry Pranksters is alive and well over at World Wide Hippies. It's just beginning to grow - as if they've finally scraped together enough cash for the bus but haven't started painting yet. I think I'm ready to pick up a paint brush and get dirty - but I'm hesitating, trying to figure out what I feel like painting.
I can already imagine Joe on the phone this afternoon saying, "Relax, Sister! Just paint."
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