dear world: i’m grateful and GREATfull to you, thank you for giving me the honor, pleasure, challenge and blessing for the vida i got–for each breath and a new day to live life fully. i would not have the life i have today if you were not in it.
to my best friend in the whole entire world, Gabriella Gab*Star Callender, you are not only my best friend but you are the world’s best friend. yesterday, Gab*Star put this as her status on FB: “to be here..with my soul in my skin…creating you… creating me..creating you…..to be in love with life ..all of it …the illusion that it is ..the game of it ..and the discovery of love in the absence of meaning…..i can not help but love you in spite of everything and because of nothing …for this i am thankful, grateful and free.” Freaking beautiful y inspiring. This is my best friend, world. Yep. can’t get better this. ‘Ofa atu Gabby, I thank you for giving me and the world your music, your harmonies, your words, your beautiful spirit, your amazingness to the fullest. You inspire me on da daily, for real real. Also, life just feels and looks better with you around…you make my heart sing and flyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. Happy ToFurkey day!
to my Mums y Pops, Litia y Tangata: i just got off the phone with you Mums. i love you all and will miss you all today. ‘Ofa atu ka Dad. thank you both for having me. right now as i write this, i’m getting present to the big life you both have given me through your sacrifice, risks and love. wow. thank you guys! i’m sending so much warmth and sunshine to Utah right now. beaming in Sandy to you all and happy eating at chuk-a-rama.
to my big sis, ‘Amelia Le’afa Niumeitolu, thank you for your call this morning. I wish I was with you and D, making 10 dozen chocolate chip cookies, yesssssss. thank you for never giving up on us, for plowing through and through, from the eastside to the westside sister, i salute you today and will always remember our bunk beds, garbage pail kid card collection, all our stuffed animals, my heavenly kid, Jenny, you picked out with Mum, cuz she could not afford a cabbage patch kid, our Strawberry Shortcake dolls and our bonnie bell chapsticks. yum. sending you lots of fair way brownies today! LA is in da mutha friggin’ billllding.
to Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran, you inspire me to write, write, write and write our stories, our lives, our voices. thank you always for your impeccable listening, your brilliant mind y heart: your brilliance is mind y heart together, never separate. ‘Ofa atu hermano ’til we speak again.
To mi created familia, my sisters and brothers: La Chata aka E-Lo Erica DeLaRosa, loveeee you so much hermanaaaaa, i am so happy for you, haven’t seen you happier for your familia from Tejas to be in NYC this weekend witchu!! thank you for always being here and being here and being here! ‘Ofa atu Ewok-a. Mi hermanos, Luke Nephew y Frankie Lopez of the Peace Poets, dannnnng SUNS, ‘ofa atuuuuuu. You are pure inspiration, goodness, love, freedom, safety, poetry, and PEACE. I love you 2 soooo mucho much. huge abrazos always. Mi hermano, Oja, from a different mama y papa, I met you when when I was 19 years old at NYU’s Violet Cafe, at an INI event, mixing y turning tables, providing the soundscape for that amazing night. ‘Ofa and ‘Oja atu to my brother. You are still on my path and will always be on my path. thank you always for being there for me in alllll times. thank you for your wisdom and your light and always your smile. I love you Brother O. you always got me. to my other bff, Maria Marisigan, my hermana, I love you immensely. El Puente Presente, yo. Thank you for saying yes to working in my sweat shop for my T-shirts. it won’t be a bad sweat shop. i promise. it will be a good, fun, sweat shop. thank you for always supporting me and giving me your best love Maria, for bringing your truth and your smarts and the DANCE–moooooooove gurl, show me how you do that! Mi hermanas and hermanos, Tania Romero, Rafael Landron, Liz Romero, Amaru and Luz Schreiber, I love you OLLIN! I thank you for your leadership, community, love, healing, strength, and FAMILIA. I love y’all! thank you, thank you, thank you, i can just squeeze the heck out of yous right now. Felicity, thank you always for your support! Adoris and familia, i miss you guys. Thank you always Zoe!
I thank all these folks who I have just met this year and they have given me a part of themselves for me to grow: Re Perez, my coach from my Introduction Leaders Program, i love you so much Dude, you are freaking awesome! David Stadler, you the truth and i would not have played this game with out. James Picurro, Ahhhhh James, thank you Man! Mark Skylar, Aron Eisenpress, Wendy, Akua, Nikki, Lisa D, Chad Smith, Queenie, Clarivel, Aaron, I see you and you made a difference with me. Iman y Afrin, I love you.
I can’t forget these folks, you have made a huge difference in my life, you are superStars: William Solomon Orellana, Lizzy Fox, Bethany Edmunds, China Ching, Tressa Diaz, Lah Tere!!!! ohhhhh Yanny Clermont, loves you. I know I am missing peeps, there are more to mention, I just want to say thank you. when i see you, i will say thank you! thank you.
‘Ofa atu MSQP. thank you!