Miss Shannon went to Rolling Thunder in Washington DC over Memorial Day weekend. Due to a court date that refused to be adjourned, I did not be set off in the wee hours of the morning with Dozer. Despite my champagne taste, I have a beer budget so I intended to take a bus down later in the day. Miss Shannon isn’t really alarmed by the great unwashed, as evidenced by her first husband, and was not especially concerned by the idea of hanging out in bus stations. Miss Shannon’s men folk had a very big problem with it, however, and she flew down instead, curtesy of Dozer. My oldest boy said, “Momma, anything could happen… you could be raped!!” Oh, my sweet son, I am so glad I raised you right. I’m also glad you are most familiar with the momma who makes your brownies and cupcakes, rather than the one who takes names.
This run is a demonstration to bring awareness to POWs and MIAs left behind. I enjoyed myself immensely, saw the monuments… especially the Wall, which has special meaning for me, and met my new friend, Drunk Gino, who looked like the lipstick guy from Billy Madison and I even lost seven pounds. That does not detract from the men and women just…lost in war… There is still some likelihood that there’s a guy in a cage, reciting his number. There are 1300 Americans unaccounted for, just from Viet Nam. All I know is that one kid left to suffer there is one kid too many. There isn’t a whole lot we can do, as citizens… but I hope they feel the Thunder…. It matters to me, personally, what has happened to these boys, mostly between the ages of sixteen and nineteen. I have kids that age and believe me when I say that not one is totally grown up. I cannot fathom being a gold star mother…Instead, I will be grateful to the powers that be that none of mine are inclined to be soldiers.
I need to tell you about the flock of little girls wearing Property Of “Billy Bob” vests that I wanted to take home, wash their faces and feed a sandwich or two. On behalf of your mommas, ladies, I want you to know that you are beautiful, all by yourself and you don’t need some boy in shiny Jax Teller sneakers to make you matter. When we first saw them, my Dozer wouldn’t let me approach because MCs are different… Miss Shannon has been known to kick it with some rather undesirable folks, kind of like the bus station people. Anyway, I have nice manners and can approach the Queen of England or the Queen of any MC in exactly the same way. Remember, friends, when you are dealing with an edgy MC, the patched in guys are rarely your problem. Worry about the probies and the girls. (also, to the probie wearing pleather, you need to step up your game, son.) Anyhoo… after much hiking about the Pentagon parking lot, I found these girls who were the ages of my daughters and talked Property Of Dozer into letting me take a picture of her vest.
We went all that way to protest for freedom for people who are most likely not in this world anymore and Miss Shannon was gritting her teeth to avoid a feminist altercation. Generations of women have fought to make women equal. The battle isn’t entirely won, but it’s pretty close. Know this: you are fabulous, all by yourself. A friend once told me, “You have the vagina, you have all the power. Do I have to teach you everything???” She was right. Women have been both reviled and revered throughout the centuries because we have a wee bit of magic in our very souls. Initially, I wanted to crack some skulls seeing these kids (I could be their mother) objectified and reduced. Then I thought… maybe they don’t feel reduced. Maybe, Miss Shannon is channeling the Queen Mother, and projecting her feelings. Maybe, this is exactly the same as the time the Queen Mother stared disdainfully at my tats and told me only gypsy whores get tattoos. I was born in the wagon of a traveling show… I gather my strength in my differences. I hope every one of those little girls is getting what she needs right now by being the Property of Billy Bob. Miss Shannon doesn’t have to understand… she can just support you, one woman to another. For my fabulous daughters, Fiona and American Honey, your momma will fuck up your day if you allow the words property of anyone to appear on your person.