My Thoughts on the Word Queer
When I was young, I was very sheltered. My eyes weren’t open to the ways of the world until I enlisted in the military. There, I learned more than just drugs, sex, and rock and roll, I learned about homosexuality, or what we used to call gay, or queer men and women.
It was a whirlwind education to say the least! My roommate at my permanent party station in Colorado was a gay woman, and once I knew what that meant, I made my feelings clear from the beginning, and we got along just fine. In fact, I often wonder where she is and how she’s doing as wild as we all were back then. She was my friend and she respected my feelings and I hers.
I didn’t even know how to breach this subject, being confronted with the Word of the Day challenge, so as usual, I fall back on personal experiences. I don’t like the word queer, even using it in a different context. Like, “Don’t you find it queer that we live in such an upside-down world these days?” I would rather use any other word like crazy, or ludicrous; bizarre even.
Now, I could tell lots of stories about my Army days but, let me just say, my feelings are quite different than they used to be on the subject. When I was young, I was idealistic and figured to each his own. I didn’t care what people identified as, long as they didn’t try to convert me, or make me do anything I didn’t want to. And no, I never experimented like some people do, I was way too heterosexual for that. Boy crazy is what I was. 😉
Today things are different. The world is different. I still try to look for the good in people, but I am not as gullible as I used to be. I believe what I believe and leave others to their own beliefs on the subject. I don’t understand how things in this world have gotten so out of whack. I mean, how are Dr. Seuss books bad and two female celebrities grinding on each other at the Grammy’s is supposed to be wholesome entertainment??? And I don’t even know what they “identify” as, not that it matters.
I just live by the golden rule, try to mind my own business, help others when I can, and pray others do the same.
(Now, I wasn’t even going to write about today’s Word of the Day, and I answered from my heart the best I knew how. I could have made up some silly poem, or done some kind of informational kind of post, but this is my blog and I don’t want to be afraid of expressing my feelings for fear of offending anyone. Today, it seems we cannot talk about anything without offending someone. No one reading this can argue the fact that we are living in some crazy times. The best we can hope for is to be loved and respected for who we are as individuals. I try to do that every day. Treat each other with kindness and the world just might be a better place!)
Peace out, have a blessed day everyone!
2 thoughts on “WOD Challenge 03-18-21 Queer”
Very well-spoken post, Kim. I appreciate the honesty as I found the word difficult to wrap my head around to write a post. It probably shouldn’t be so hard as I had a gay step-brother who passed away a couple of years ago of cancer. He and his partner (who died of cancer 7 years ago) were together for 35-years – longer than many heterosexual couples. They were both very loving people who were treated as the black sheep of their families because of their orientation. When my mom died, my gay step-brother was the only one from his family (1 brother, 2 sisters) who came to her funeral. I never understood the lifestyle, but always told them both, it wasn’t up to me to judge them one way or another. They were family no matter what.
Too bad wisdom seems only to be obtained with age. It would be nice if younger folks could have the benefits of it as well. I know it would have helped me.
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True! Thanks for reading and responding, Larry. 🤗