First, thanks for the comments on the last post. It’s great to hear from people who view the very same issues I’m concerned about from a different vantage point. That’s the beauty of cyberspace. Our world grows smaller and hopefully we become better people by having the chance to interact with folks we might otherwise pass by without saying a word.
Speaking of passing by without saying a word, I work near a high school in DC. Whenever I park near the school and walk to my building I am annoyed by the fact that never, not once, has one of the kids said, “good morning” to me. I was raised being elbowed in the ribs for failing to execute such courtesies automatically. I expect the same of kids today. I used to teach high school 11 years ago. I remember loving high schoolers, but today I was wondering if I was really that far removed from them that I missed when they became rude, inconsiderate beasts at some point within 11 short years. I certainly don’t remember them that way.
~Macarena~ called me on my shit in the comments to the last post, so I took it to heart this morning. (While we do need to pick our battles, bigotry is one worth fighting and I really feel like I should have opened my mouth and said something about the “going Puerto Rican” comment in Georgia.) So instead of shaking my head at these rude little beasts, this morning, I actually took the initiative to speak first. Every kid I passed completely lit up, smiled and returned my greeting. I guess they were probably thinking, “Damn, is this women even going to acknowledge that I am human and existing in the same space as she as she scampers off to her office?”
“…[W]e are responsible for our own fate, we reap what we sow, we get what we give, we pull in what we put out. I know these things for sure.” ~ Madonna, O Magazine, January 2004
“Each generation will reap what the former generation has sown.” ~ Chinese Proverb
Be the change you want to see in the world.