I look across the table at Kathy and Brandi, sip my ice tea, and wait for lunch to be served. It is a twice a year ritual, old friends keeping in touch as best we can. They are my former students, now in their mid-twenties, the mainstay of our school’s literary magazine, two enormously talented young women. We bonded immediately, striking a strong friendship over four years and beyond. Creativity has no age requirement
We raised our kids in the 60’s when the Vietnam War protests, the push for Women’s Lib and Civil Rights was turning the world upside‑down. It was also the time when fathers were beginning to achieve undreamed of success and the baby boom children were growing up.
Linguistic differences can be as varied as size, height or skin color, and enriching as differences in geography, climate or culture. Yet as a parent and teacher, I have been saddened when accents are the basis or excuse for prejudice.