Oh cheer up sleepy Jean.
Oh what can it mean?
To a daydream believer and a homecoming queen?

Much like the song, Melanie Morning doesn't make much sense.
In fact, it's a name that has followed me nearly my whole life.
My grandpa is a joker. Always has been.
So instead of calling me Melanie, he called me MelanieMorning, a play of my first and middle names. It has stuck with me since I was a wee lass sitting on his knee in the garage of my parents first house trying to be a brave four-year old in the face of lightining and thunder. 

When I was younger I didn't like it much. But now I find it a great gift that only a special person could have given me.

I value experiences and the things people can teach me. I've lived in different places, Colorado, Wisconsin, New Mexico, and who knows where else I'll be headed in the future. I could not be the person I am not without my friends from places all over the globe (Japan, Jordan, South Korea, Iraq, Iran, Mexico, El Salvador, Cuba, Honduras...) nor my American friends.
I truly wish to be a global citizen, a one among many, always appreciating our similarities and differences. I hope my American-ness does not hinder my desire to be this kind of person.

This is one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite books. It sums up my feelings about life.

"Here's what I think, Mr. Wind-Up Bird," said May Kasahara. "Everybody's born with some different thing at the core of their existence. And that thing, whatever it is, becomes like a heat source that runs each person from the inside. I have one too, of course. Like everybody else. But sometimes it gets out of hand. It swells or shrinks inside me, and it shakes me up. What I'd really like to do is find a way to communicate that feeling to another person. But I can't seem to do it. They just don't get it. Of course, the problem could be that I'm not explaining it very well, but I think it's because they're not listening very well. They pretend to be listening, but they're not, really. So I get worked up sometimes, and I do some crazy things."