What we gon’ do right now is go back... Wayyy back... to me in the sixth grade to be exact. *NSYNC is still a thing, Video Music Box was our version of VEVO/ YouTube, and I was a young token Black girl in the suburbs of Bellevue, Washington, who couldn’t go one day without hearing,”call me now!” As I walked down the hallway.
Just mentioning that phrase alone makes me cringe. There I was, your typical chubby, awkward tween girl just trying to fit in and get through middle school unscathed, with my self esteem in tact (a task that was only amplified by my otherness from being one of very few Black kids at our school (Tillicum yay yay)), and actively trying to be as invisible as possible (until the slow songs at the school dances came on) and here these lil douchebags were calling me Miss Cleo. I hated when they would call me that. I probably would have been justified calling it bullying... but it was a different, more resilient time...
Who’d a thunk we would fast forward and lil’ ole Miss Cleo would have totally shifted in presecption, to me. A part of me feels like the universe calls us to things long before we know they’ll manifest into something bigger. This also makes me think that sometimes the things we avoid or bother us the most are the things that will have the most impact on is, once we toughen up and confront them. I know that’s definitely the case in this regard. Now, when I think of Miss Cleo, I recognize that she brought tarot into the mainstream. Now when I see Miss Cleo I think of how lucrative divination is. And especially when I think of Miss Cleo, I think of young insecure ass Chloe not knowing just how much that ole’ nickname would resonate.
Miss Cleo salute to the g.o.a.t! .
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