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Good Quote for February 16, 2014

“Of course, everyone’s parents are embarrassing. It goes with the territory. The nature of parents is to embarrass merely by existing, just as it is the nature of children of a certain age to cringe with embarrassment, shame, and mortification should their parents so much as speak to them on the street. ”


― Neil GaimanAnansi Boys

Just one more to supplement the Rick Riordan quote from the last post.

Parenting real kids works better than parenting imaginary ones

Has anyone else spent an hour of their life in a conversation about the things that “set us apart from the animals”?  You may have to think back.  This is usually one of those senior year of high school type topics (right around the time someone in English class pipes up with the idea that maybe this world is just an illusion!).  In the humans-are-different-from-animals discussion, somebody says opposable thumbs.  Then somebody points out that a bunch of apes and monkeys and raccoons already did that.  Then somebody says language only to set up the scene for a brief argument about whether Coco the Gorilla and vervet monkeys and dolphins and forest elephants are really using language.  Then somebody says a soul and everybody else has to get solemn and nod respectfully.  Well, that’s my recollection of how that conversation goes, anyway. Continue reading Parenting real kids works better than parenting imaginary ones