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Glacier: Her Story. (Part One)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Monday, June 13, 2011

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"The outdoors is my church; one really doesn't need a building to appreciate God and all that He has made."

A teenager with an unusual name shares her story.

Image (c) 2011, by Karla Dorman.

My name is Glacier Dionne Roubidoux.  I am 14 years old.  I live with my family in Juneau, Alaska. 

I got my first name because I was conceived here in Alaska while my parents were on vacation (or so they tell me).  Before I'd been born, my parents were living in Louisiana at the time.  They moved here to Alaska right before I was born (like three months prior).  Then they had me.  Guess I was meant to be born in Alaska, if my first name is any indication.

I have long, wavy brown hair and brown, nearly black, eyes.  My skin is fairly dark, but then that's to be understandable: my mom is white, and my daddy, French Cajun/black.  I was inclined to inherit daddy's dark looks.  I am 5'5" tall and weigh about 120 pounds.  I am an average teenager with mixed blood.

Like any teenager, I like talking to or texting my friends if I can't be around them, reading a good book (or two or three, maybe even five! LOL), drawing, writing poems or stories, dancing, listening to music, shopping for clothes or the latest in music, going on walks, goign to the mall (see above), and collecting ceramic dolls.  I also love to look at the beauty that is my home state of Alaska.  Alaska has some majestic beauty that is unlike anywhere else in the world.

I like watching the aurora borealis (the northern lights), but we don't see them too much here in Juneau: too much light pollution; makes it hard to see the stars (and especially the aurora) at night.  We have to go out to the country or away from any lights in order to see them, which is a pain.  Yet when I HAVE seen the lights, they have been nothing short of incredible!  Spectacular!  Awe-inspiring! 

My best friend is Jibs (her real name is Julie, but everyone calls her Jibs) Dawson; she and I have been the best of friends since first grade.  I met her when a boy was picking on her and I came to her rescue.  Beat the shit out of the kid too, if I remember right, got into plenty of trouble for that one!

I believe in God, but not like most people.  I believe more in the natural realm.  My parents are Wiccan, so I really never grew up with religion.  I do know there is a God, though, but that's about it.  I don't go to church: to me,  the outdoors is my church; one really doesn't need a building to appreciate God and all that He has made.  Just my honest opinion.

I can't stand kids or adults who try to force Jesus on me, so I really don't associate with any Christians.  They're always trying to change me, and I see nothing wrong with how I am!  Why can't they just leave me be and let me worship or believe in God the way I or my parents see fit?? It's only fair!!

Anyway, back to my story.  

I just finished eighth grade a few weeks back.  I will be starting high school (ninth grade) when September rolls around.  I am a little bit nervous whenever I think about this:  I will be the low man on the totem pole; I hope the kids don't pick on me like they've done the past few years.  Most of all they pick on me about my clothes or my being a multiracial kid or especially my name!  I am SICK of it; I HATE being picked on about things upon which I have no control over!

Well, I gotta go.  Gonna go back to sleep; it's only five in the morning here, and it's waaaaaaay too early for even me to be up.  I will write in here again soon; until later, blessed be and take care!

~Glacier.  :)

~To be continued.~ 

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Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 6/15/2011
I really like this young woman, Karen. I do look forward to following her life, so far as you may bring it, and hope I notice and remember when you do go forward with Glacier's story. One thing in particular caught my eye, and emotions, and that is the way she believes in what and how she does believe in God because, in so many ways over the ears I have stated that I am not a praying kind of a man, yet, the time I feel God the most, the times I find a belief in God is when I'm on my bicycle by myself just enjoying the strength that helps propel me forward and the beauty of the world about me.
Your friend in Southern California; Mark
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 6/13/2011
Well told story here Karen, thank you for sharing
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 6/13/2011
One huge church which Jesue made Himself for us to adore, nothing wrong with appreciating that. Great write Karen.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/13/2011
'The outdoors is my church; one really doesn't need a building to appreciate God and all that He has made. ...'

I love love love this line. So beautiful. As is this story of the girl with the unusual name. Really enjoyed reading this, Karen, well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/13/2011
"The outdoors is my church; one really doesn't need a building to appreciate God, and all that He has made."

It's my church, too, but so very sadly, it seems to now be crumbling all around me. I truly believe that we human beings have lost our love of Creation and all that He gave us, so lovingly.

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