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  •  I recall having "a" conversation with my teenaged (0+ / 0-)

    son. I took issue with him calling his Filipino friend Flip or something and and he tried to say that his friend called himself that. We had a long conversation about what was acceptable, e.g., he could call himself stupid but I was sure he would be offended if anyone else called him that.

    I also told him that he was one of the very fortunate people in the world...being tall and blond and good looking and well spoken and well mannered and that he would reap the benefits of his appearance all his life, that he could apply for almost any job and that he could go into practically anybody's home and be treated respectfully and that he could offer his opinion and be taken seriously. I told him that he was very lucky and that he should realize that and always treat everybody else regardless of their looks or colour or station in life with the respect automatically accorded him because of the good fortune he had been born with.

    Being a teenager, I got an eyeroll or two from him but it was a message that sank in and I'm proud to say he's lived a good life and is (almost) always very kind to others.

    "When life kicks you, let it kick you forward." Kay Yow

    by vernonbc on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 10:00:56 PM PDT

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