On this day, 180 years ago, a group of passionate, young rebels in France gave their lives to better others'.
So yeah, it’s Barricade Day. I wanted to do something to honor the occasion besides listen to the French recording and cry. I don’t write fanfiction or make art, and my blog is primarily not Les Miserables, so I didn’t want to spam my oblivious followers. Consider this a diary entry.
Um, I’m kind of at a loss for what to say, other than that these Amis, although their real names are unknown and we only know of their personalities what Hugo assigned, have become an inspiration and a guide for me. Of course, I think about “Prouvaire” and “Grantaire” and “Courfeyrac” often, and consider them as sorts of friends to me, but really what this day is about is honoring the humanity of warriors who gave their lives to change a society that was not ready for them. And as much as I love Bossuet and Joly, that revolutionary spirit is what has really influenced me through the three years that I have even known what Les Miserables was. That you must stand up for what you believe, no matter what the odds, that life is best lived with purpose, and that there will always be hope. What Hugo did is breathe life into these people, gave them names and stories, so we may better understand the implications of what they so selflessly did even when they knew they might fail.
….Aaaand that concludes my corny “what Les Mis means to me” essay. Sorry if I wasted your time. Back to reading all of the heartbreaking(-ly good) fanfiction being written for the occasion and mourning.
“Citizens, in the future there shall be neither darkness nor thunderbolts, neither ferocious ignorance nor blood for blood. As Satan shall be no more, so Michael shall be no more. In the future no man will slay his fellow, the earth will be radiant, the human race will love. It will come, citizens, that day when all shall be concord, harmony, light, joy, and life; it will come, and it is so that it may come that we are going to die.”—Enjolras, Les Miserables (via jessie24601)
Ils sont partis la fleur au fusil Faire une barricade qui n’aura duré qu’une nuit Ils sont tombés morts sur le pavé Ces enfants qu’une mère embrassait Avant qu’ils s’endorment Ces héros d’un peuple sans uniforme
The have left the flower by the rifle
To make a barricade which will only last a night
They fell dead on the cobblestones
These children who embarrassed a mother
Before they went to sleep
The heroes of a people without a uniform
-Les Miserables, translated by inboxfivewithenjolras
“You don’t have to be pretty. You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don’t owe it to your mother, you don’t owe it to your children, you don’t owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked “female”.” -Erin from A Dress A Day
This really resonates with me. I feel like, even if I did have a romantic interest, I would have to keep up whatever good looks I do have, and change myself to look better, just so I don’t disappoint them or embarrass them. I do want a person I’m dating to be proud of me, like I’ll be proud of them, but a little voice in my head always tells me, they won’t if you’re ugly or chubby. They’ll be ashamed of me. -therockandtheroll
What is your middle name? Paige. As in, Samantha Paige Bell.
What are you passionate about? Um, France, marriage equality/womens’ rights, reading, and I think that’s really it.
Zebra or leopard print? Neither. Tacky.
Silver or gold? Gold.
Top three places to visit: Provence, France; Reykjavik, Iceland; and… hmm. Maybe someplace in the hills of the Irish countryside? But France and Iceland are my two big country loves. I am actually obsessed with France, I’d jump at the chance to go ANYWHERE in France, but Iceland too is such a respectable country.
How many siblings do you have? One, a fifth-grade brother.
Where are you from? Originally from Main Line PA, have lived in beautiful Hilton Head Island, SC for almost ten years, and will be heading off to boarding school in Fairfield, IA in the fall.
First career you wanted as a child. Doctor, because my daddy is a doctor and I used to accompany him on his hospital rounds.
What’s your sign? Libra.
Future names of your children. Victoire, Camille, Aymeline, or Elouise for a girl. Sebastien or Jean Oliver for a boy. (French names are the most beautiful.)
What are you listening to right now? Les Miserables French Concept Album (I think that’s what it’s called)
What are your career goals? I want to write a book that will influence somebody’s life.
What was the first concert/show you attended? The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway when I was really young!
Are you a procrastinator or do you get things done early? Procrastinator! I am right now, with this.
TV Shows you watch regularly. Lena Dunham’s Girls, The Big Bang Theory, BBC’s Sherlock, and other than that, I don’t pay much attention to TV.
A song that’s been stuck in your head. How Deep Is Your Love by the BeeGees since it was in the news that their frontman just died.
A book you want to read/have recently read. Currently reading Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey.
Last movie you watched. The Avengers, but have been yearning to see Moonrise Kingdom.
The above article is an update. Her mother went to appeal to keep her out of the psychiatric ward and lost. She will be institutionalized because of her expression of her gender. She will be held until she conforms to male gender and then released to foster care, not her mother who was supporting her.
Please, if you haven’t signed the petition, sign it, reblog it, ask your friends to sign it. We’ve managed to get 40K signatures for a pageant model, we’ve only gotten 11K for a little girl about to have her life ruined. Lets get on the ball and spread the word.
Hi! I recently saw Les Mis near my town. I live in Weston, Florida and it came to West Palm Beach at the Kravis Center. I loved the scenery and the projector screen effects, and the cast was almost perfect. I loved all the…
I actually didn’t even notice the “race change” until I looked at the Playbill after the show. Because honestly? The actresses were so in-character that I was thinking about things OTHER THAN THEIR SKIN while they were onstage. And I find Eponines of color to be quite plausible. That insinuates that Madame Thenardier had an affair. And considering how much she laments that she hates her husband in Master of the House, it seems very likely that she would have.
2Pac:And since we all came from a woman, got our name from a woman and our game from a woman, I wonder why we take from our women. Why we rape our women, do we hate our women? I think it's time to kill for our women, time to heal our women, be real to our women. And if we don't we'll have a race of babies that will hate the ladies that make the babies. And since a man can't make one, he has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one.
Jay-Z:Silly rappers, because we got a couple Porsches, MTV stopped by to film our fortresses. We forget the unfortunate. Sure I ponied up a mill, but I didn't give my time. So in reality I didn't give a dime, or a damn. I just put my monies in the hands of the same people that left my people stranded. Nothin' but a bandit, left them folks abandoned. Damn, that money that we gave was just a band-aid, can't say we better off than we was before.
Kanye West:Is it genocide? 'Cause I can still hear his momma cry, know the family traumatized. Shots left holes in his face, 'bout piranha-size. The old pastor closed the cold casket, and said the church ain’t got enough room for all the tombs. It’s a war going on outside we ain’t safe from, I feel the pain in my city wherever I go. 314 soldiers died in Iraq, 509 died in Chicago.
Mos Def:When the average minimum wage is $5.15, you best believe you gotta find a new grind to get cream. The white unemployment rate, is nearly more than triple for black so frontliners got they gun in your back. Bubblin crack, jewel theft and robbery to combat poverty and end up in the global jail economy. Stiffer stipulations attached to each sentence. Budget cutbacks but increased police presence. And even if you get out of prison still livin join the other five million under state supervision. This is business, no faces just lines and statistics from your phone, your zip code, to S-S-I digits. The system break man child and women into figures. Two columns for who is, and who ain't niggaz. Numbers is hardly real and they never have feelings but you push too hard, even numbers got limits. Why did one straw break the camel's back? Here's the secret: the million other straws underneath it - it's all mathematics
Lupe Fiasco:I really think the war on terror is a bunch of bullshit. Just a poor excuse for you to use up all your bullets. How much money does it take to really make a full clip. 9/11 building 7 did they really pull it. And a bunch of other cover ups. Your childs future was the first to go with budget cuts. If you think that hurts then, wait here comes the uppercut. The school was garbage in the first place, thats on the up and up. Keep you at the bottom but tease you with the uppercrust. You get it then they move you so you never keeping up enough. If you turn on TV all you see’s a bunch of “what the fucks”. Dude is dating so and so blabbering bout such and such. And that aint Jersey Shore, homie thats the news. And these the same people that supposed to be telling us the truth. Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist. Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit. Thats why I aint vote for him, next one either. I’ma part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful. And I believe in the people.