Well, we’ve come full circle! First of all, thank you for letting us share our laughter and tears with you for the past nine weeks. It’s been an extremely cathartic experience, and I hope that there is somebody out there who has learned from all of our ups and downs. We’ve all grown from this process and if anything, hope that the message of EQUALITY resonates louder than all.
On a side note: I’m glad you all finally got a chance to meet my good friend, Michele Fleury (who you may also recognize from the reality show, CURL GIRLS!). She is who I have to blame for putting the Real L Word bug in my head. So, thank you Mich!
My storyline in this episode is pretty self-explanatory, but the one thing that I was not ready for was Stamie’s reaction to my Mom’s hesitancy. She has a very strong, funny, and magnetic personality, but the stress of having my Mom in town and not accepting her was a little too much for her to handle. It’s something she’s already been through and doesn’t wish to retread – which is understandable. For me, it was an exhausting couple of days of trying to please two of my favorite people. I was trying very hard to balance the task of being respectful to all parties and staying true to myself. Luckily, there was light at the end of the tunnel!! (And that light may have come with the help of a 2 ½ year old with a lollipop.)
Somehow, in all of this mayhem, I managed to turn 30! And believe me, I had never thought I’d be on a reality show when I was blowing out those candles! It’s such a milestone birthday and celebrating with an intimate group of friends and family was perfect! And for anybody that doesn’t know Misty Odell – please, please, please do – not only is she a great friend, but her music, and especially lyrics, are amazing! The entire night was incredibly memorable!
The best gift of all was having my Mom by my side and watching the joy on her face as she slowly let in and accepted my life. She was finally supporting 100% of me, and I couldn’t be happier! She’s made great strides (brought me to tears of joy with the Dautry scene at the California One Care PSA!) and is now asking about Stamie in most of our phone calls. She is a strong and inspiring woman, and although change can sometimes be scary, she seems to be handling it all with grace. It just takes time.
Side note: It was also a big moment for my Mom to say SE AGAPO POLI, which means “I Love You Very Much” in Greek, to Stamie. How cute is that?? Stamie is still convinced that my Greek Aunt fed her that line. All is going to be okay!
…And finally, thank you Showtime, for the 10 weeks of what felt like free therapy. You finally broke me down! I’ve learned that sometimes you just have to choose yourself, and that’s okay too.
To: Nikki, Jill, Whitney, Rose, and Mikey…..and of course, STAMIE! …….. It’s only the beginning! Xo
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