|"Big girl twirling a baton"|
At the time this photo was taken, I was joyful, giddy, fearless, and ready to perform.
I mean, who wouldn't want to dance around on stage and receive all that attention? I remember being especially excited to see the older girls with their fire batons.
The baton lessons lasted only one summer, and after that I started to get the message that:
It was around this same time that I remember being fascinated by the older boys at the pool. Although it wasn't until I was 20 that I embraced my sexual identity.
Sometimes I wonder who I would have become if I'd been in a more "artistic" family, or had any gay role models.
That being said, my parents did the best that they could, and Mom continues to show her love and support.