Sunday, April 15, 2012

Accent-uate the Positive

Thirteen year old Nickerdoodle and I made a retail return recently. The customer service clerk was blatantly effeminate. As we walked away N asked me,
"What kind of "accent" was that?"

It took me a second to process, then I replied, 

N professed,
"Oh, I wondered because I've heard it before."

It was difficult to stifle my giggle, but I'm so glad I did.  He was earnest in his question and I'm glad he asked me so that I could use it as a learning moment to accept everyone as they are.  I offered him examples that he's aware of: friends and family we love who happen to be gay.  

Kids just never cease to amaze me. 

I'm a supporter of gay rights.  And not a closet supporter either.  From the time I was a kid, I have never been able to understand attacks upon the gay community.  There are so many qualities that make up a human being... by the time I get through with all the things that I really admire about people, what they do with their private parts is probably so low on the list that it is irrelevant.  
~Paul Newman

Oh Mr. Blue Eyes Newman. So wise, so beautiful.

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