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  •  I loved being an adult Scout leader. (0+ / 0-)

    Except for that one thing.  While I was Director of Handicrafts at one of the larger Arizona summer camps, my assistant was a young man who had started camping there at age 11, as soon as he was old enough, and became a counselor at 14. He'd been a fixture there for all those years. He was also gay and, though he never specifically said so, it was rather well known. He fled after being increasingly harassed, after only 4 weeks, and took his Cher CDs (and his solid skills) with him. I missed him; being new to that camp, his help was invaluable, and I really liked him personally. Here's to you, my dear friend, and perhaps I'll run into you again someday. Hopefully you'll be living a good life, one of your own choosing, where you don't have to hide your choices.

    Not coincidentally, I burned out within the next year; those local leaders in the small town where my family lived found ways to make me every bit as uncomfortable as my young friend.

    Courtesy is owed. Respect is earned. Love is given. (Unknown author, found in Guide to Texas Etiquette by Kinky Friedman)

    by marykmusic on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 05:17:43 PM PDT

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