X is for XENA.
I have a Xena Shrine in my apartment ...
at least that's what my best friend, Sandra calls it.
Autographed plaques of Lucy Lawless (Xena) and Rene O'Connor (Gabrielle)on a wall.
Porcelain statues of them both underneath the plaques
Why is XENA important to me?
One reason is that Mother loved it. She went into the orphanage an impressionable Gabrielle.
Mother emerged from it a steel-tempered Xena.
She saw bits of herself in both characters.
The second reason has to do with REDEMPTION:
XENA is story of redemption.
A violent woman coming to her senses at the sight of her men about to kill a baby.
She couldn't silence the voices of the ghosts of her victims.
All she could do was stand in between the wolves and monsters such as she had become.
What you do long enough, you become. What did she become?
She became legend.
XENA in image and name belongs to Universal Studios. Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor insist on owning themselves.