2001 or 2002, I don’t remember
When I was a baby bat, we didn’t have digital cameras yet. I’m pretty sure there are some photos at my parents’ house from that time but I don’t have one on my computer. So here’s the oldest one I could find: I think this picture was taken in 2001 or 2002. I remember wearing that coat the day I did a presentation on Celtic myths and legends in spring 2001.
I never had a very hard time when I was a new gothling. I think my dad got upset about my interest in devils and demons once (on Christmas Eve) and some girls from school behaved horribly towards me when I was still 16 – but that’s all. I was part of a huge RPG network and enjoyed GMing at conventions (mostly “Vampire: The Masquerade”). Nobody questions the look of the storyteller at a gaming session.😉
Many of my friends wore black, too, and I was never challenged (much). At school, the other students told me jokingly I’d most certainly be a “professional” Wiccan High Priestess sooner or later.^^
I might have had such easy times because I never kept much to myself. I had many non-Goth friends, too, and I tried hard to be nice to everybody. In school, I greeted everybody, talked to everybody, listened to everybody. I think it worked pretty well.
I was really lucky back then. I know many of you were not and I’m really worried about how some baby bats are being treated.