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    My Dad grew up exposed to three languages, and one of his father's cousins spoke nine languages. (The cousin had a job that required interpreting for public officials.) During the Viet Nam war, I met and married a very nice guy who was serving in the military, and when we settled down to raise a family, I tried my best to expose the next generation to other languages and cultures. We opened our home to foreign exchange students, we sent our offspring abroad on exchanges.

    Now we have some lovely grandchildren with dual citizenship, who are growing up in a situation where they have government-supported preschools, single-payer healthcare, where monthly "child support payments" are made to every family (albeit on a sliding scale basis).

    Don't regret any of it. The hardest part was dealing with the elementary school here in Texas. Neither my daughter or I realized that "bilingual" was code for "failing in class." (She marked that on a questionnaire about her home life, and was called into the office by a puzzled principal: "How could you be bilingual? You're doing so well in your studies.")

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