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  •  Jeez, MB (4.00)
    If you'd been in da Bronx,  we might have been running together.  I never made it to Juvie, (Spofford, et al), but some of my best friends, who were just wild kids on the street looking for fun, went there, & not even for the likes of your escapades.  We were truants, runaways & just too damn dramatic.  Later, some other friends went to Riker's, for drugs, burglaries & one of the stupidest attempts at mugging evah.

    A few years ago I sold an oldsmobile to a black kid who was so illiterate he could barely write the name & address on the transfer paper, but I made him do it b/c I knew that altho he felt the gun in his baggies & his crue  was good enough, I wanted him to know he should learn to read & write, & spend his talents on other rewards.  I knew that simple act might possibly wake him up.  I hoped he realized I wasn't afraid to show him a truth.  I never saw him again, but I hope the seed sprouted, & someday he'll be a 53 year old politically invovled news junkie who finds a chance to throw out those seeds fearlessly , uncritically, & compassionately.  Well. I was virtually born reading & writing, which may have been my ace, but  I don't think it's too late for him.

    I may not be able to pinpoint my moment of truth without some searching, but I think it may have been someone a lot like me who planted the seed.

    People who didn't run with "those" crowds need to know that they are children who are worth our efforts, compassion & fearlessness.  They are frequently very creative & clever.

    They need all of us to show some Love. They need their society to stop treating them worse than dirt.  Whatever their parents have become, we all need to have some love in our hearts for kids.

    When kids come to my door selling newspaper subs, I engage them about their majors while filling out the form.  When I meet kids at the bus stop or in the store, I tell them that we need to give them things to do, we need to find ways to keep them busy & happy & productive.  I have never met a kid I felt threatened by, or unable to take down if needed.

    They are all our kids.  They are America's kids.

    Thank you for another exceptional essay on the human condition.

    I love you madly, Meteor Blades.  (& best regards to Mrs MB. :-p

    Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Buddha

    by x on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 03:19:37 PM PDT

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