We do feel obligated to say thanks, right? Like we should feel so grateful for the attention? It’s a strange response, but you’re right — it’s ingrained in us.
Good for you for speaking up! I hope it’ll inspire me to do the same.
KlC, I’m sorry to hear of your loss. It’s a devastating epidemic. You’re right, what is there to do besides yell at spaghetti noodles? For me, it’s writing…temporary relief anyway but it doesn’t change anything. Good luck to your little brother and your family ❤
Two of my favorite compliments include being told I’m pithy and that I make good eye contact (two separate occasions/different people).
You’re right. These matter more to me because they’re commenting on my behavior, not my appearance alone.
This must be hard as a parent. (It’s hard even not as a parent.) But I think you did the right thing. Despite what you think is right and wrong — what most people would agree is right and wrong — it’s not really your job or role or even your right to try to force that onto another parent.
Oh my gosh, Kay, I love this story. Your words are so powerful, you sucked me right in.
I imagine you’ll enjoy your gap year now more than you ever would have in your 20’s. Now you have the experience to actually appreciate it. I hope you see amazing things, eat amazing food, and meet amazing people!