This is the kind of response I live for


Whenever I see a new e-mail address among the comments on my blog, my heart speeds up a little. Sometimes it’s in dread of a rude, nasty scolding (which a lot of my writings get, funnily enough; it’s what happens when you commit yourself to honesty and truth).

Other times, less frequently, it speeds up because I get to see things like this:

Sabina, I have to say that this was one of the most effective and beautiful blog posts I’ve read in a long time.

Because I’m 17, ubergeeky, overweight, antireligious, bisexual, and just plain weird to the kids I go to school with. Kentucky isn’t the state for me, and my town is one of the worst.

A guy got paid to dance with me at this year’s prom. I have been asked out at least three times as a joke.

Yeah, real funny guys. I’ll remember that when I’m your fucking boss.

Thank you for showing me that kids like me can grow up and gain elegance. Thank you.

In case you’re wondering where that appeared, it was here.

Thanks, Greylyn, for that inspiring feedback. It made my day.

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2 Responses to This is the kind of response I live for

  1. Polaris says:

    I guess I was sort of semi-nerdy when I was in school. There was some occasional abuse and bullying but not really to the point of being ostrasized. But it was unpleasant enough for me to refuse so far all invitations to attend school reunions.
    Some of the bullies went into local politics in the small town of about 25,000 people where I grew up. They were fairly successful and did well financially, mostly because of family connections. Their families had been in local politics for many decades and success was conveniently arranged for them.
    In recent years some of these jokers found themselves at the wrong end of a Federal investigation and they have been sent to jail. Maybe there really is Karma after all. One of these celebrated pillars of the community will have to serve at least 5 years before he is eligible for parole. He’s been living high on the public hog for a long time so it’s a big step down for him. I might send him a cheap watch.
    🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. Slave Revolt says:

    Well, I have long been a ‘fan’ because of your healthy ethics, cutting wit, and your critical thinking abilities (which evolve, and get better honed with time).
    My farming passion and business take up so, so much of my time, I regret that I don’t keep up with your blog as I once did.
    However, your are the go-to blog when I want to keep informed on major issues.
    And, actually, though we have never met, I consider you a good friend, and a decent, healthfully-intelligent person.
    From me, that is pretty damned rare.
    So, it is no surprise that you attract folks that need people like you to help define thier live paths–as this young woman did.
    Your writing/blog influences more folks than your internet stats might suggest *(which I have no knowledge of, or curiosity toward).
    Keep it up.

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