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unamedwatcher  asked:

Did you really convince little Steve Rogers that the fireworks on the fourth of July were for his birthday?

actually no. 

that was the handiwork of one mrs sara rogers, who used to take her little asthmatic arrhythmic tiny baby son on the roof to watch the fireworks on his birthday. (mostly so that they didnt have to be in the apartment with steves dad, who had shellshock which he medicated with waaaay too much alcohol, and he was always worse on the fourth, since it sounded like there were explosions going off everywhere. steves dad died when he was three, and my ma said once that mrs rogers might have missed him, but she didnt miss the bruises he left.)

 as it happened, that was how i first met steve–on the roof of the building when i was four and he was turning three. i actually remember it, which is pretty incredible considering how old i was and how swiss-cheese my brain is. but there was mrs sara, with her tiny little baby on her hip. i’d never seen anybody so fair-skinned and blonde as mrs sara and stevie, and the lights off the fireworks painted them all sorts of colors. most of the other little kids were crying and had to be brought inside because the noise scared them, but not baby stevie–he was reaching his little bitty baby hands up, trying to grab the sparkly fireworks. probably the noise didnt bother him because he was partially deaf, but mrs sara always insisted that it was just that he had more courage than could fit inside him. 

generally, she also mentioned that all that courage had taken up the space where his common sense was supposed to be. 

when steve was three, he said his favorite color was america–by which he meant red, white, and blue, because that was the colors for his birthday, and everyone always celebrated with him.

even after mrs sara died, us barneses kept up the fireworks story, and i passed it on to the howlies eventually. 

i dont know how old steve was when he figured out that the whole city wasnt just throwing him a huge birthday celebration, but im sure that if you asked him, he’d still insist the fireworks were for him.

whatever PR schmuck decided to name him captain america probably had no idea how accurate a name it was. 


This one’s for everyone out there who isn’t celebrating Mother’s Day (in the USA). She doesn’t have to define you. x

Watching this week’s untucked has reinforced my belief that there are no drag race queens who ‘played the villain’ (except maybe magnolia crawford) who deserve the level of hatred that they get. Alexis auditioned over and over again and cared so much - and even though it was extra or problematic at times, her behavior during the show was a result of how high the stakes and pressure felt for her in particular. She left the main stage more emotional than most, but grateful for the experience. And instead of the getting appreciation she deserves, she’s watching thousands of fans turn against her, sometimes for things that aren’t even her fault. She does not deserve to be sent hate and abuse. She earned her place in the top 5, and if you dislike her personality, then you can say that, and then refrain from getting in her space, or in mine. 

Mothers Day in Lazytown...
  • All the kids celebrate for Bessie Busybody
    • Even though she isn’t their mother, she is like the mom of Lazytown.
    • So they spend the day with her and give her all the love she deserves
    • It completely endears her - she is so flustered and genuinely happy.
    • She gets cards, sweets, bathing products and tons of flowers
  • But, Near the middle of the celebrations, Stephanie remembers that on Father’s day they had done things for Milford and Sportacus…
    • … But not Robbie
  • Feeling bad, Stephanie grabs some flowers and chocolates and goes down to Robbie’s lair
  • And give them to him
  • “I know you’re not a mother - but I feel bad that we forgot you on father’s day and you’re a very important part of Lazytown - and I didn’t want another celebration to go by without -”
    • Robbie just squeezes her in a tight hug before she says anything else
    • He doesn’t care that it’s ‘mother’s day’
    • Hell, he writes to Glanni on Mother’s Day
    • He just is floored that Stephanie thought to do something nice for him at all!
  • So Stephanie ends up dragging Robbie to the town’s Mother’s day celebration
  • And Robbie gives Bessie something too.
    • It’s a new wall-mounted phone
    • And flowers
    • (He swears that they aren’t from him, that he just found them with her name on it) 
    • (Bessie knows better)
  • And it’s a good fun time
    • For everyone!
    • Especially Bessie
    • She gets, like, waited on hand and foot - what’s not to love???

anyways since its mother’s day shoutout to everyone who awful mothers, who are constantly reminded of them on this day, who cant escape all the things that paint mothers to always be this amazing and fantastic thing when in reality they can be just as awful as everyone else

it sucks that the society we live in today makes it so difficult to talk about abuse from mothers because everyone is constantly talking about how selfless they all are, how theyre all so wonderful, that theyre doing everything for you!

its like a societal gaslighting and it makes coming to terms with the fact that your mom isnt good that much harder, because everything around is constantly making it seem like All Mothers Must Be Wonderful

anyways just yeah shoutout to everyone today who doesn’t have a good mother, it sucks having to see positive stuff about mothers everywhere

stay strong