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So here I sit, waiting for my son's school to start, or at least for it to get close enough to start time for it to be okay to leave him here and have him be supervised.

I've been up since before sunrise, which frankly sucks. I wish I could be more pleased about my conversion to a morning person, but all it does is make me grumpy. I have finally managed to get my timing right to get Al to school on time, though, so that's something. It requires driving Will to school in the morning too, though, as I'd otherwise have to leave him at home alone waiting for his bus for at least 40 minutes, and I'm just not okay with that.

So that brings me back to where I am, sitting in the car, radio on, killing time with my iPhone. And now I can go home. Yay!

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Today I went hiking with my kids for the first time. We went to Snoqualmie Falls and went down the trail to the river, where we learned how to skip rocks, learned that rivers are cold, and saw fish not in an aquarium.

Alisdair managed to learn to skip rocks right away. He was very pleased. Will hasn't quite mastered it yet and mostly want to relocate larger rocks to hear and see the splash.

On the way home, we stopped and got some food as I hadn't eaten and was a tad on the shaky side. We got home in time to see the cops looking door to door for someone in the neighborhood. Woo, what a weekend. :) The falls and the river were great, though. We'll have to go back with swimsuits and sandwiches and sunscreen another time.

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So the final project in my short story class was the story "Brokeback Mountain." We didn't just read it, though, we had to watch it too. I did not want to watch this movie--not because I thought it would be bad or that I wouldn't like it, but because I knew it'd probably make me cry. So we watched it, and sure enough, it made me cry--and it didn't just make me cry, it made me cry in the middle of class. There I sit, in the front row (bad planning) with tears running down my face and my nose looking like a giant strawberry parked on my face. And then we had to write! For a grade! As our final writing assignment!

God, that sucked. Please tell me good things that don't involve poor rural areas, distant lovers, or death.

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Today in class we read The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, a long name for a short story. It reminds me of things I don't want to think about. We then followed it up with watching him accept an award in 2007. He talked about a poem he read that made him realize he had to be a writer. It was by a Native American author, and it was about fried bologna (or, as said, baloney). His mom used to make it, you see. You have to cut it when you fry it or it poofs up in the middle. I know this too; my dad used to make it, and my grandmother before him.

I find that every time I listen to him or read his work, I know what he's talking about when the other people around me have no frame of reference for it. I didn't live on a reservation--we didn't have them in Oklahoma, and there's no tribe that would officially claim me anyway, not that that stopped my school from getting federal money for me for years. And yet, this man who grew up on a reservation outside Spokane can tell me my life.

We should have nothing in common, but I know the things he talks about. Yet technically I'm "white," right? I grew up as a white girl in a place with a lot of NA people. I wasn't blonde, but I was pretty damn Caucasian (although I wonder whether my classification might be shifted for some people if they saw my father and my brother). At least I always thought I was, until I moved to Seattle and lived in what feels like the whitest city on Earth.

In reading Alexie, I wonder how "white" my upbringing really was, and how poverty and racial culture intersect and influence one another. I would not have claimed poverty, but comparatively speaking, it probably was next to some people's upbringing in other places.

Can you be white and not white? Can you be part of the majority and yet not? Is blood or heritage what we are more than what we believe ourselves to be?

I don't know. But it's damned uncomfortable to consider, and it's almost the textbook definition of "unpleasant shock to the system." I'm not sure I needed one more heavy thing to struggle with right now.

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This is a test. :)

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