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  •  I was lucky; you were luckier (1+ / 0-)
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    I have always been (more or less) aware and appreciative of the fact that I lucked out in my selection of parents. Still, I have to say that you and your sibs were luckier; you didn't luck out so much in the parenting department, yet all three of you managed to find your own route to a more enlightened approach to living. There's hard work and a willingness to adapt in that, but a fair share of luck, too, I suspect. The luck gave you the openings to evolve; the hard work and open minds/hearts gave you the ability to do so.

    And yes, my parents were/are indeed awesome people. But if you tell Mom I said so, she'll probably be embarrassed. Pleased, but embarrassed.

    And please feel free to use anything I've written if you think it will help. That kind of question is about the highest form of praise I can imagine, and I thank you for it.

    "Do it in the name of Heaven; you can justify it in the end..." - Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter

    by pragmaticidealist on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 03:50:47 PM PST

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    •  Probably my best stroke of luck (1+ / 0-)
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      happened when Mom began dropping DB, DS and me off at the library while she got her hair done and went shopping.  We were snug as bugs on many rainy afternoons with unlimited access to stacks and stacks of books.  

      We weren't allowed to watch "Happy Days," but at age 10-12 we were checking out Stephen King, Kurt Vonnegut and Sylvia Plath titles with abandon.  My mom was so busy reading Hal Lindsey's latest Rapture prophecies, she paid no attention to what we were reading as long as the TV stayed off, and occasional piano was practiced.  

      Being literate was the one thing that saved my ass when I got to college.  My social skills were zilch, I felt like a deer in the headlights all the time, and my roommate hated me.  But dammit, I was a fast reader and cogent writer, and that was enough to keep me afloat academically until I figured the rest of it out.

      Not sure I'd call it lucky, but I'm determined to make lemonade ;)

       I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine.     -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by SteelerGrrl on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 04:48:31 PM PST

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