Everybody loves animals. Their, at times, lack of common sense and innocence tugs at everyone’s hearts. Sometimes people like to say what breed of dog they are or what kind of cat best represents them. I think these animals best represent humans.
This is a face anyone with siblings will recognize. The is the face you see behind your mom while she yells at you for something your sibling got you in trouble for. The face of victory. It is the face that no matter how hard you try to get your mom to notice, she never will. Everyone hates this face unless they are making it.
This is a face you all know and hate to admit. This is the face you make when you hear your mom’s car pulling into the driveway and it hits you that you’ve been sitting on the couch all day and did not do the two chores she asked you to do before you got home. The worst part is that it’s the same chores every time: the dishes and sweeping.
Everybody hates to admit it, but they all like a good “dad joke.” They get a good chuckle but never they never win best joke of the night. But when you need something from your dad, all of his jokes are the best jokes ever. We’ve all been like Mr. Whiskers here when we need a few extra bucks to go to the movies or grab something to eat. Everybody else’s dad jokes suck, but your dad’s? GOAT.
“Oh, I”ll only nap for 3o minutes.” You tell yourself this every time you take a nap and every time you wake up looking like the picture above wondering what year it is and how it has come to this. You tell yourself it won’t happen again but we all know it will.
“The face you make when mom says the pizza rolls are done.” But seriously though, have you ever casually walked to get pizza rolls? I didn’t think so.
Being 16 years old, gay, homeless and unaccepted by your family describes a situation that few will go through. Emanuel Xavier had to become a man with no role model, no idol and only a dream to live a joyous life in a homophobic world. He spoke to Ohio University students on Oct. 14 about his experiences as a gay, Hispanic male.
Xavier was left without a clue as to how he would conquer the world as a homeless 16-year-old boy. The path toward finding himself was long and strenuous. It began years before his mother kicked him out of the house when he was raped by a close relative as a child. Rape is a traumatic and life-changing event in itself, but now at 16, arguably the most important age in a teenage boy’s life, he was abandoned.
The amount of emotional baggage Xavier carried as a boy, not a young man, but a boy, was something most were fortunate not to experience. Now the question becomes this: How do you become successful with no home, no support system, no money and no path?
He started from the bottom and sold drugs like most kids on the street. Xavier, a user as well, did not partake just a way to cope with the pain, but as a way to survive the life he was given. But he did not allow his unfortunate beginning impact his divine destiny.
The passion he had to succeed in life powered him through a rough adolescence and propelled him into an adulthood where he could be free. Now Emanuel Xavier is a poet, an author, an activist and spoken word artist. He is able to serve as an inspiration across multiple communities with professions that encourage freedom of speech and expression.
With his unique background, he can give a first person perspective on a life with many stories and events that have built him into the man he is today.