When I heard that the movie X-men is almost 20 years old, I was in disbelief. If you know me or have been around here for a while, you know I love Rogue from X-men. However, when I think about my journey and how Rogue and comics started to be intertwined. 

X-men came out in July 2000. However, I didn’t see it until August 2001, now this when my disbelief comes into my play.

A few years in a row, my family would take a huge family vacation to Mammoth Lakes, CA. This included my Grandparents, Cousins, Aunts, and Uncles. My Dad and his brothers would go fishing, and We would go swimming, hiking. A family that homeschooled and camped, staying in a condo for a week was amazing. 

In August 2001, the trip was a little different. My Dad had already moved from South Cali to Northern California, and My mom and my siblings and I, Drove, with our Grandparents to be with our family for a week. Now my Dad got a job in Northern California, and we would be moving to northern California in a couple of weeks. So Dad was gone most of the summer. Dad came for 4 days. And it felt like usual. However, When Dad left to go back to work, I cried. My mom brought us back to our condo, and I sat on the couch a flipped through channels, and landed on X-men.

Movies have always been my escape. If I am upset, watching movies has been the way to forget the world and turn off my brain. 

Suddenly I wanted to find out about comic books. And my mom and I would spend days that I was off searching for Comic book stores. My parents had the wisdom to let me pursue these instead of fighting back. I devoured the stories. Characters like Rogue, Kitty Pryde, and Storm were my friends. My favorite character became Rogue. 

I realized some things during this comic book journey, One thing I realized. It wasn’t acceptable for a woman to read comic books. Many people commented that reading comics was inappropriate. However, I didn’t care. I started to observe some creepy people (Not everyone, but if a grown man wants to talk Comics with a teenage girl it is kinda weird) and realized that it is better to go with a friend. Comic books were lighter than a massive novel to take to school and read on public transportation.

Comic books helped make my life a little bit better. My mom and I would take walks, and I would talk about comics. It’s funny because I also realized that I have lived in Northern California for almost 20 years. I have lived up here longer than Southern California.

I graduated from High School, Graduated from College, and met the man of my dreams in Northern California. Jman, my husband, also loves comics books. We watched movies together, especially Comic movies. We watched the entire Avengers series. 

A couple years ago, Rogue got married in the comics, and I cheered, hey; I’m a nerd, but to see a character that I followed for years and go through so many struggles finally get a happy moment. 

And I still loved my girl Rogue. Even though I don’t comic books very much. I still am grateful that my journey includes comic books and Rogue. 

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV

TTFN and God Bless and Keep You:)

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