Born and raised in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, a small country town, "Elephant Ears" exist naturally in nature. On the street where I grew up, they can be found in several spots growing in groups. It's something about these plants that I love. If rain droplets or some form of liquid contact the leaf of the plant, it forms small balls like a bead and roll off the leaf undisturbed. If you ever find yourself with the opportunity to spit on one, it's a magical experience watching the ball of liquid form and roll off onto the ground.
I walked into the main entrance of the post medical facility. A gentleman, a fellow soldier, bypassed me in the corridor and said, "keep that smile on your face. It's beautiful." That made me smile even harder. It was so natural to me to have a smile on my face that sometimes I forgot I was smiling. I was naturally a happy person. I didn't let anything get me down or ruin my joy. I was a strong, African-American, black woman.
When I was five years old, I knew that I desired to be with little girls both emotionally and sexually. I didn't know or understand what homosexuality was, but I knew that I wanted to be with a girl. As I aged into young adolescence, I had a steady boyfriend and attended dances and prom just like any other typical female. Still, I knew I wanted to be with a woman someday.