The Sleep-Over: Childhood Recollections by Author G D Grace

Life hurls realities at us on a continuous basis.  Some of the stones are as colossal as rouge asteroids floating around in the rigid darkness of vast space.  There is a constant battle for relevance that begins as soon as we exit the womb; when we are cast into an existence molded by historical events that yield laws we are expected to embrace, conform to, and follow.  Though promoted by the conspiracy theorist on an, often, paranoid level, individual thinking gets overshadowed by mass media produced promotions that are subconscious dictations by the powers that be.

I remember taking the “blue” pill [figuratively speaking] back in grade-school.  When self-awareness revealed itself in the form of homosexual desires, innocence received it’s first mental-alteration.  I recall a particular sleep-over at a childhood friend’s home.  I was laying across one of the twin-beds in his room, and he was laying across the other.  Since this occurred several decades ago, I only remember the meat of that uncomfortable discussion.

Dressed only in pajamas, we joked and laughed about random childhood topics and experiences.  As the discussion entered into the second hour, the subject of girls came up.  This is when awkward appeared and slapped me hard on the nose.  It seemed my friend had a crush on one of our classmates, a girl whose name I don’t remember.  I listened intuitively as he described, in physical detail, what he liked about her looks.  Shockingly, I noticed how disinterested I was in the topic of the girls he went into overdrive talking about.  

After hearing enough, I chimed in and announced that I wanted to marry a man when I grew up.  The confused look on his face is one I have never forgotten.  “Ewwwwww!,” was his response of disagreement.  Realizing I had admitted to something that I should not have admitted to, I backed out of my outburst with the grace of a dancer after the dance. 

“I was only playing, dude!  I just wanted to see what you would say,” I nervously countered. 

It was the first time I masked my true sexual identity, and it triggered an instantaneous wall that I hid safely behind well into my 30’s.  




About G. D. Grace of California

After the release of his fifth self-published novel, “Ripped & Ready (season 3)” GD ramped up for a new endeavor in radio, and on September 2, 2010 his first #BlogTalkRadio show premiered. His first two guest were two literary colleagues from two different sides of the tracks — one a former prison inmate-hustler, single father, turned author — the other, an accredited teacher and single father first time author. The intense on-air climate of cultural differences on the show, at one point, became thick enough to slice with a butter knife, however, it was a very successful event. Despite the clash over marketing approaches both authors remained professional and the outcome was a highly entertaining and interesting show. The seasons that followed incorporated talent from all walks of creativity, so in addition to the authors, GD’s guest lineup included poets and recovering addicts, motivational speakers and entrepreneurs, filmmakers and professionals in sports training and health, and also established artists from highly successful television shows, as well as, NAACP & Grammy Winners. Many shows gave us an inside glimpse inside the lives of legends from Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Ray Goodman & Brown, Bruce A. Hawes (extraordinary writer for the Sounds of Philadelphia), Gerald Alston of The Manhattans, The Delphonics, Howard Hewett, and Chris Jasper of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized Isley Brothers. Legends of literary Stanley Bennett Clay and James Earl Hardy also brought their distinct creative prowess to the show, as did professionals from the Broadway stage. GD’s show eventually caught the attention of World Media and through this friendship many of the legends mentioned above were tapped to be guests on the show. His friend, and often times, mentor, Wayne Barros became an influential part of the legacy that he was creating one show at time. His friendship, love, and direction helped enforce an inner-confidence in GD which allowed him to stretch his producing skills so the show would have an entertaining variety for the live listener and archive listeners. Between the two audience variations the show has been listened to by over 40,000 people. It has been successful beyond GD’s wildest dreams, and as Season 6 approaches, the adrenalin within him increases. He begins assembling the guest list next month in April 2015, and…
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