I’ll make this short and sweet.
I am weird. Downright strange. Unusual even.
Never been normal and never will be.
I can guarantee you that anybody who knows me will happily agree with every word I just wrote.
Don’t believe me?
Check this out! I once got a ‘love letter’ from a young man who said, among other things, “Gwin, you are weird but it is a strange kind of weird that makes me like you.” I promise you, that’s what he said– verbatim!
What the hell?
Best believe, he was no e.e. cummings, but strangely enough, I actually felt complimented by the fact that this little lover boy called me ‘weird.’ To be honest, I embraced it!
I still do!
In fact, I think it’s cool that I am just as comfortable laughing at George Carlin as I am laughing at Richard Pryor. Or that I am just as happy singing “Moonlight Feels Right” by Starbuck as I am singing “Master Blaster” by Stevie Wonder.
Now I’ll admit that I do have a special passion for soul music; I enjoy exploring this in the “My Jams” series. But I digress!
Anyway, speaking of “Moonlight Feels Right,” I once attended a fabulous Christmas party at a beautiful home perched on an inlet of The Chesapeake Bay. Frankly, I like to credit that experience to my penchant for daydreaming while listening to that song.
Perplexed? Well go back and check the song’s lyrics. After you do that, meet me in the comment section and let’s chat about it!
Do you want to know something else? I like the fact that I can switch from one form of English to another. Now in this case, I am not alone. Frankly, most folks of a certain age are very adept at doing so. If you are interested in learning more about this valuable skill set and how it is expressed in the black community, you should probably check out this article. Honestly, I think that all kids, regardless of ethnicity, need to learn how and when to properly do this. Um hmm– I said it!
Oh yeah, by the way, I am probably the only person below age 96 who knows all of the words to the closing theme of “The Lawrence Welk Show.” As a matter of fact, I’ve been known to sing that little ditty at a moment’s notice.
Baby even my white brothers and sisters find that shit strange!
I am a weirdo and I’m good with it!