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That’s What I’m Talkin’ About By Helena Handbasket


ou’re such a Pollyanna!” I’ve

wrong in everyone else’s lives. Really? Is

devil. She is a woman who is standing up

heard people say that to me

that who we have become? How petty!

for what she believes in, and isn’t that what

before. So it made me wonder, who the

First of all, if I decide to try to see the good

our country was built on? Just because she

hell was Pollyanna and why was she so

things in my life then I eventually can do just

doesn’t believe like I do doesn’t justify me

damn happy all the time? I mean, can

that. Celebrating our existence is so much

hating her—and truthfully, I don’t think she

anyone really always see the bright side

more fun than bitching about it. It is just like

hates us. She just doesn’t agree with us on

of things and stay positive all of the time?

anything else. If we practice being positive

things. The problem is that she isn’t doing

Well… the term Pollyanna is defined as “a

and looking for the good in our lives then we

her job. Do I think she should make every

naïve optimist who always expects people

will get in the habit of that. Of course we

attempt to make sure that no one that comes

to act decently, despite strong evidence to

all have our moments of sadness or disgust

to her office is denied any service that her

the contrary.” It comes from a character

(usually while sitting in front of the computer

office offers to anyone else? Of course. And

in the novel by Eleanor H. Porter and a

and browsing Facebook).

if she doesn’t, then she shouldn’t be there.

Disney movie by the same name, Pollyanna

I know the recent struggle in Rowan

But let’s not hate her because she believes

Whittier, a young orphan who goes to live

County has raised a lot of tempers and

differently than we do. If that is the case,

in Beldingsville, Vermont, with her wealthy

opinions and it has been very hard to find

it’s gonna get really ugly up in here. “I hate

but stern Aunt Polly. Pollyanna’s philosophy

anything positive in all of that. The first

you, bitch… because you believed the shoes

of life centers on what she calls “The Glad

positive thing I can do is not even put in

you have on were pretty and so you bought

Game,” an optimistic attitude she learned

the name of the person who has been at the

them and I believe they are the ugliest things

from her father. The game consists of finding

forefront of all of the controversy. But there

I’ve ever seen.” We disagree so I hate you.

something to be glad about in every situation.

was so much negativity flying around about

(Childish, don’t ya think?) Disagree… fine!

Okay, if you’ve been reading my column

it all that I just had to check out for a little

But don’t hate. Then will we be any better

then you know that I am often on my

bit. Should we bury our heads in the sand

than those that hate us for being who we are?

soap box about something and it is not

and pretend it away? Well, NO. That never

Will we?

uncommon for me to be complaining about

works because as soon as you come up for

something that irritates me or bothers me in

air the problem is still there.

I sure had a lot to say about a subject that I wasn’t even going to mention her name.

some way. Often those involve something

People have lashed out at me for saying

So… do you hate me too because my

unfair or unjust that I want to address. Well

what I am about to share with you and I

opinion is different than yours? Well… I

this month I wanted to change that up a

really can’t believe I am putting it out there

hate that for ya!

little. We are so damn quick to talk about

in this article but… I would love to have the

(Send comments or suggestions to

everything that is wrong in our lives… and

opportunity to sit across the table from her

even worse, we talk about everything that is

and have a real conversation. She is not the




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LinQ is the only monthly magazine that focuses on the Kentucky LGBTQ... community. LinQ is published monthly by and for the Pride Community...