I'm learning to discern between constructive comments and comments that are engineered to get a reaction out of me. It's part of the maturation process, from what I've been told. Now, I don't ignore all comments. Sometimes I'm bored and respond. But I'm getting better at it. For example: "The President of the US. Bush [...]
Mom used to work late into the day when I was a kid. School usually ran from 8am to 1pm for me in Mexico, so I was alone at the house from 1:30pm to about 4pm or 5pm if my grandmother wasn't there. Juarez, Mexico, was a whole lot safer when I was growing up [...]
I have always loved school, but I never really liked the social interactions that came with it. It wasn't that I didn't like people. The problem was that I was always an outsider, someone who didn't fit in. It was either because I was too young or because I didn't speak English... Or because I didn't play "the right" sport (i.e. not soccer). In today's Talking Tuesday, I tell you about the end of summer and the beginning of school, and how much that hurt when I was a kid. Then I finish by telling you how things have changed now that I'm an adult.
When I was a kid, both my parents knew very well when to say “no” to me. If I wanted a toy that was too expensive, they would say no. When I misbehaved and still wanted some sort of “treat,” they would say no. I’d do my best to charm them into saying “yes,” but [...]