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  •  What a journey! (2+ / 0-)
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    Sounds like you had a real challenge to grow beyond the limits of your upbringing, and you clearly rose to the occasion! I'm jealous of your daughter -- top tier violin lessons AND Bollywood dancing!

    I think you've done a great job of making sure your kids were exposed to the whole world, rather than just a little corner of it. What lucky kids!

    And, yes, absolutely, please share anything you like with anyone you like. I wouldn't put it out here if I didn't want people to read and use it. But thanks for asking!

    "Do it in the name of Heaven; you can justify it in the end..." - Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter

    by pragmaticidealist on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 01:14:17 PM PST

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    •  Thanks for the Stocking Stuffer (4+ / 0-)

      I am printing your "basically" box, rolling it up, tying it with a ribbon and putting one in each of my kids' stockings.  My kids will go a long way toward making the world a better place if they try however imperfectly, to follow your guidelines.

      Thank you also for all your kind words.  I'm a very proud mama.  My kids mostly made their own opportunities, I just tried to stay out of their way.  I have one little one left at home.  He took lessons at a chess camp at the Marshall Club in Manhattan last month.  He had instructors of various ethnicities and genders.  It was so fun to see a black woman playing great chess and enthusiastically, patiently, sharing her skill with my half-grown, white boy.  We've come a long way baby!  

      Yep, I'm very proud of my kids in all kinds of ways.  Maybe I'll write a diary about them someday.  

      I will always be sad that my parents lived and died not ever finding out that there are so many beautiful colors other than white and so many delicious flavors other than vanilla.  They were very wonderful people who were loved and respected in their community.  They were just afraid to leave their comfort zone and never found a compelling reason to. They both were born, were married and buried in the same, sparsely populated county, in rural Nebraska.  Just think about that.  Heavy sigh....never anything to challenge their beliefs.  At least nothing they couldn't shut out.

      •  Sounds to me like "proud mama" has plenty to be (0+ / 0-)

        proud of! Your kids sound truly inspirational -- open and warm and inquisitive.

        Please do write a diary about them -- and please drop me a line when you do, so I don't miss it! It sounds like your family has a lot of great stories to tell.

        "Do it in the name of Heaven; you can justify it in the end..." - Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter

        by pragmaticidealist on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 02:19:44 PM PST

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