tentakewl:

when your family makes fun of something you’re passionate about and then claim they were ‘just teasing’ image

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We were grabbing a bite of lunch at a small cafe, in a mall, right across from a booth that sold jewelry and where ears could be pierced for a fee. A mother approaches with a little girl of six or seven years old. The little girl is clearly stating that she doesn’t want her ears pierced, that’s she’s afraid of how much it will hurt, that she doesn’t like earrings much in the first place. Her protests, her clear ‘no’ is simply not heard. The mother and two other women, who work the booth, begin chatting and trying to engage the little girl in picking out a pair of earrings. She has to wear a particular kind when the piercing is first done but she could pick out a fun pair for later.

"I don’t want my ears pierced."

"I don’t want any earrings."

The three adults glance at each other conspiratorially and now the pressure really begins. She will look so nice, all the other girls she knows wear earrings, the pain isn’t bad.

She, the child, sees what’s coming and starts crying. As the adults up the volume so does she, she’s crying and emitting a low wail at the same time. “I DON’T WANT MY EARS PIERCED.”

Her mother leans down and speaks to her, quietly but strongly, the only words we could hear were ‘… embarrassing me.’

We heard, then, two small screams, when the ears were pierced.

Little children learn early and often that ‘no doesn’t mean no.’

Little children learn early that no one will stand with them, even the two old men looking horrified at the events from the cafeteria.

Little girls learn early and often that their will is not their own.

No means no, yeah, right.

Most often, for kids and others without power, ”no means force.”

from "No Means Force" at Dave Hingsburger’s blog.

This is important. It doesn’t just apply to little girls and other children, though it often begins there.

For the marginalized, our “no’s” are discounted as frivolous protests, rebelliousness, or anger issues, or we don’t know what we’re talking about, or we don’t understand what’s happening.

When “no means force” we become afraid to say no.

(via k-pagination)

captains and their ships

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That’s why it’s love—it’s unconditional. Whether you commit a mistake or a hundred, I would still love you. They say the most romantic kind of love is the unfinished kind. The kind that will forever burn and mark your soul.
Pamela Ann, Chasing Imperfection (via avvfvl)

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booksfrommyshelf:

I am haunted by all the editions of books that are prettier than the ones I already own.

I’m still surprised when I see I have a message.

I’m still excited when I get a new follower.

I’m still happy when a post of mine actually gets notes.

And I still appreciate each and every one of you who continues to follow me no matter how silly, or annoying, or weird I am.

(Source: louisthrustingskills)

There are some battles, no matter how much you don’t want to fight them, that you just have to fight. That are worth giving your life for.
Paullina Simons, The Bronze Horseman (via quotes-shape-us)

boromirs:

Song of the Lonely Mountain (Part 1)

boromirs:

Song of the Lonely Mountain: Part Two

(Part One)

wrathandruin:

lotr meme → 4/8 quotes

mist and shadow
cloud and shade
all shall fade
all shall fade

clayrefelloffthecliff:

Day 7 | August Book Photo Challenge

Day 7 is “Words on a page.”

This is chapter 25, page 223 of Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke featuring a quote from another favorite of mine.

Hurray for keeping up with this challenge!

bookmad:

i’m really not digging this book at all, but i’m too stubborn to give up on it - a novel by me

Friends, the hour in which we live, and in which I speak to you, is a gloomy hour, but of such is the terrible price of the future. Whence shall arise the shout of love, if it be not from the summit of sacrifice?
Enjolras, Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)