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  •  My very, very wealthy aunt wrote to me when (9+ / 0-)

    I was a teen about the importance of education. She said that someone could rob you of your possessions, come into your home and take your color TV but no one could take your knowledge.

    I wrote back and said "We don't have a color TV."

    She complained to my mama that I was insolent.

    I told my mama that I spoke truth.

    I learned very young that the very wealthy do not have an
    ounce of perspective regarding those less fortunate.

    I was pissed off that she assumed that I did not know the value of education and that I had no hunger for knowledge. She was speaking to a girl who started to read at four years of age and who had read about four books a week all of her life but because we were not very, very wealthy, she just assumed that I was a sloth.  

    "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

    by rubyr on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 03:29:29 PM PDT

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