Do you know what today is?

If not, then you probably haven't heard about Katie.  Katie is the daughter of fellow ChicagoNow blogger Carrie Goldman, who writes Portrait of an Adoption.  In one of Carrie's recent posts, she discussed how Katie, who is in first grade, was being bullied at school for having a Star Wars water bottle. 

Apparently, one day, Katie tried to convince her mom that she should take her pink water bottle to school instead of her Star Wars one and when Carrie pressed her on why, Katie burst into tears and revealed that some of the boys at lunch were making fun of her for being a girl who likes Star Wars.

And that was the blog post that launched a thousand geeks.  Make that thousands upon thousands of proud geeks flocking to ChicagoNow to show their support for Katie.  As a result, Carrie has been on CNN and MSNBC.  Twitter has a hashtag #MayTheForceBeWithKatie.  And, today?  Today, December 10th, has been named "Support Star Wars and Geek Pride for Katie" Day!

So, if you have any Star Wars paraphernalia, today is the day to flaunt it!  I'm not fortunate enough to own any Star Wars gear so I have taken a wedding photo of myself (below) and photoshopped my bouquet into a Star Wars water bottle in honor of Katie.

And, today, I am grateful for the geeky things I love ~
1/ Anne of Green Gables
2/ and the sequel Anne of Avonlea
3/ and all 7 Harry Potter books.

Go ahead and call me a geek. I don't mind because ...

Blessed are the geeks, for they shall inherit the earth.

GO, KATIE!

Thank you for reading Stop and Blog the Roses.  Follow me on Twitter @fernronay or on Facebook here.

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  • It is such an amazing story of people coming together to support Katie. I love how your photoshopped wedding photo!

  • In reply to bethprystowsky:

    It's a great story! So happy for Katie and her mom Carrie!

    LOL thanks :)

  • In reply to bethprystowsky:

    I saw this story on yahoo and immediately wanted to reach out. As the daughter of a sci-fi dad, I grew up loving Star Wars. When I was moving to a new home in middle-school, I became a part of an online roleplaying community centered around the Star Wars universe, where we all made up our own characters and wrote stories together. This place became such a large part of my life for so many years (I think going on 9). Not only am I a huge Star Wars fan (and unashamed to announce it on my college campus!), but I was also the target of bullying. You see, my left eye muscle is longer than my right, causing my eyelids to be uneven. When I was younger, kids were mean to me about it, and it always bothered me in photos. I thought I had gotten over it, but last year a mean and immature college student wrote "Lazy Eye" on my name tag. Additionally, I was the target of cyber bullying while on the fore-mentioned website.

    I look forward to hearing more about you as you grow up. Force be with you ^_~

  • In reply to JediRebel:

    Leanna,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I am so sorry to hear that you have been bullied. You are exactly right the bullies are mean and immature. Who needs em! It sounds like you focus on your group of friends who have the same interests as you and like you just as you are. True friends!
    May the force be with you, Leanna!

    You can also send Katie a message at Portrait of an Adoption. Her mom says she's reading them all!

  • In reply to JediRebel:

    Oh my god, I love Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea, too! Did you get to see the movies on PBS a few weeks ago? After all these years I still cry buckets when Matthew dies... :(

    Great post! Here's our Katie tribute: http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/film-catcher/2010/12/may-the-force-be-with-you-katie.html

  • In reply to FilmCatcher:

    BUCKETS :(
    Yes, it was keeping me from my getting work my work done when it was on PBS!

    Love your post!! I just retweeted it. I think it's awesome that you have a career that embraces your passion! Way to go!

  • In reply to FilmCatcher:

    Hi Katie, My names Cindy and I'm a tomboy that also was adopted. I lived in homes since I was 4 years old and moved every four years. I think your family is so lucky to have you and it's so amazing they show their love for you like this. My parents tried to get me back so I didn't get to stay with the same partents. I hope you alsways get to stay with this wonderful family it will give you the security to be anything you want to be when you grow up even "Princess Leah".

    Now that I'm grown up my aunt who raised me in highschool is now almost 90 years old. I now have 3 boys and the youngest is mildly retarded. He constantly tells me how kids are mean to him to. He's a loud outgoing boy with no sense of boundarie and sometimes teachers say he's the one in trouble. Since he can't talk well sometimes they don't realize someone just broke his bridge or threw something at him. His two older brothers are also really mean to him. I feel his pain and yours and battle the schools. Everyone in the world can relate in one way or another so your not alone. Don't ever listen to kids being mean to you just smile and think they really can't help it their just not that smart. It they were they would say, "I wish my mom bought me the same thing".

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