A fitting start to Girls Week-

I can’t believe it, but it’s true- the Girls Rock! screening is officially over. What began as me surfing the innerwebs and finding a cool movie that I wanted to see morphed into something larger and frankly, more awesome then I could have imagined. About 150 folks came out, and through the raffle, we raised some money for the DC Girls Rock! camp upcoming this summer. And thank all of you who made this possible, including my far-flung bloggy friends who provided inspiration and practical help of all kinds. You ROCK!

Because I am a huge dork, I stayed up till 3 am the night before making a poster for the raffle of the Daisy Rock guitar, while Dan sliced 12 dozen bagels. (Note to self: don’t make Bass player hubs slice bagels anymore.) Although all of his fingers are intact.

The morning of, I showed up at the Avalon as they were unlocking the doors at 9- then the Bach to Rock band, “Syndrome”, came and loaded in and soundchecked. These kids were pros, they were so great. Once we determined that their amps would not cause the fuses to short-circuit, I relaxed and began to feel like all would be well. And in no time at all, it was showtime!

As always, I would have been so lost without my friends- Sandy showed up early and took passes, and Alesia, Ally, and Katie-Megan were the mavens of the raffle table. I saw my mom buying a ticket, and yelled, “MOM! You can’t win that guitar!” So you know what happened next, right? Yep, she won. But she had me draw again- and the next amazing lady who won also said “Pass it on!” So I drew one last time, and my friend Ally’s amazing girl won. I have no doubt she is going to be QUITE the rocker.:)

After the band played, after the tickets were drawn and the lights went out, the movie started rolling. I settled back to enjoy the main attraction, and I got my socks knocked off. Girls Rock! is a must-see for anyone who’s been a girl or cares about one.

This movie kicks %%!

What I found the most affecting about the movie was how it transported you back into being a girl. It highlighted thoughts that I barely remembered having, and hurts that are so old they no longer sting, but when I saw the girls on screen living them, it came rushing back. And it made me so, so grateful to be a woman- a grown up who’s come out on the other side.

In one scene, a mom cries, in a happy way. “They teach them how to treat each other,” she says. And I think of how often girls are ruthless, in their fears and insecurities. How in our desire to not be singled out, we single out others. How, in our inability to see what shines brightly in our own lights, we’ll dampen the light of another. Because really, who are THEY?

This movie was about all that and more. One of my favorite parts was when Laura, an adopted girl who loves death metal, states matter of factly, “I mean, I’ve kind of just accepted that I hate myself.” She says it with the casual air of truth.

But later, after a week at camp, she says, with an edge of joy in her voice, “I feel like so many people have just been waiting for me to realize, I’m amazing! And I am- I’m AMAZING!” I totally teared up, as I considered what a gift it is for her to know that at her young age. And I thought, Rock on, sister.

The movie will be out on DVD on 1/25, but if you order it sooner, you get a T-shirt and a gift certificate. And, just so you know, this is not a sponsored post of any kind- I just love this movie.:)

In honor of Girls Week, please think of any way you can to reach out to a girl who may not know how much she kicks $%%- because I guarantee you, she does.:) She may just need to hear it from you.

Thanks. xoxo, L

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  1. Virginia Miracle Tuesday - 16 / 12 / 2008 Reply
    Thank you for putting together such a great event! Is there a link to use to donate add'l funds to Girls Rock DC? Virginia Miracle’s last blog post..Corporate Blogs: Sucking or Progressing?
  2. david therriault Tuesday - 16 / 12 / 2008 Reply
    Thanks for returning my wife safely, and she had a great time .Syd and Sandy think your the coolest and i'll have to admit you aint so bad girl . love ya keep going ... dave david therriault’s last blog post..moving forwards
  3. fruitlady Wednesday - 17 / 12 / 2008 Reply
    Oh my gosh! It would have been so great to be there! Maybe you should take this show on the road! I'll be a groupie in Denver! fruitlady’s last blog post..Finding Strength
  4. The Writer Mama Wednesday - 17 / 12 / 2008 Reply
    You go, girlfriend! You totally rocked it. Congratulations!
  5. Cigarest Monday - 20 / 07 / 2009 Reply
    This is a great blog post, I've learnt a lot. Keep up the good work! :)

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