This is truly just a rough draft, a test run. I selected "from the hood" as a topic purely to be a smart ass because I live in the middle of surburbia. It's not all white surburbia where I live, there is definitely color. It's the sameness of socioeconomic status that makes it so cookie-cutter,so benign, so stagnant around here. I live in San Ramon, California. The eastern part of the San Francisco Bay Area.
I didn't grow up here. Life started in east San Jose which is basically the barrio and I was one of the few white kids in my elementary school. In 3rd grade I moved to the suburbs of Campbell, Ca. in the south bay and was lost in a sea of white and yellow. Mostly Asian and Caucasian. The biggest adjustment I had to make was that you could talk back to your elders in the burbs. Back in the barrio you didn't dare talk back or even make eye contact with an adult but when I moved to the burbs I couldn't believe how sassy the kids were with their teachers and parents. The first time I witnessed this I flinched and cowered but nobody got yelled at or smacked. My jaw dropped, I was stunned, I was only 8 years old but I knew my peer just got away with a major transgression.
During college years, which I didn't finish, I was exposed to a lot more diversity. And my career with the mentally ill exposed me to every facet of ethnicity and society. But now, comfortably married with kids and settled in the burbs I realize my kids are going to lead an isolated, sheltered life unless I take the steps needed to expose them to reality.
Ok now I am tired and need to sleep.
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