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Two of my kids are reading The Great Gatsby this summer.

One day I’ll have to teach her about prejudice but not today because A) she really took to the reading material and B) I’m too busy laughing.

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*** I wrote this in 2014, but a thread on Twitter got me reminiscing about my years volunteering at the women’s shelter and how much I loved all those bad ass kids. I’m copying it from my old blog.

School starts back this week and two of the kids I help with homework (one is currently in the shelter with her mom and the other is her friend from the neighborhood) have the same reading assignment.  Today I took some of them to the park with another volunteer for a little Labor Day picnic earlier, and I told them to bring their summer reading assignments so I could look them over.

Mary & Jane (names are made up) both had to answer essay questions about The Great Gatsby, but Jane’s was hella short and you could tell she didn’t really read the book.  I asked her why and she said she was tired of reading about white people.

Me:  How do you know they’re white?
Jane:  They always white.  And these are rich people in the 20s so I know they white.
Mary:  Just pretend!  Girl that’s what I do.
Me:  You do?
Mary:  Yea, the story is always better when it’s more colors.  Like Tom?  He Black.  He look like NeYo.  He kinda smooth but he got secrets.  

Mary proceeds to lay out ethnicities and comparisons for EVERYBODY in the whole book.

Me:  What about Daisy?
Mary:  Oh she can stay white.  She gettin niggas shot up and runnin over people with cars.  That’s messy.

One day I’ll have to teach her the prejudice inherent in keeping Daisy white just because she’s messy, but not today because A) she really took to the reading material and B) I’m too busy laughing.

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WaPo: Woman who didn’t know she was pregnant delivered a preterm baby midflight. NICU nurses happened to be onboard.

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Dale Glenn was dozing off on a Delta flight from Salt Lake City to Honolulu last week when his 19-year-old daughter abruptly elbowed him.

“Dad, they’re calling for a doctor,” she said urgently.

About halfway through the six-hour flight, Glenn swiftly sprung out of his seat.

“I’m a physician, what can I do?” he asked the nearest flight attendant. She told him that a woman on the flight was giving birth in the bathroom.

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Not knowing you’re pregnant until time to deliver? Rare.

Giving birth on an airplane? Rare.

Having a doctor and three NICU nurses nearby who are able to whip up a makeshift incubator for a preemie? Rare.

This is amazing.

 

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BBC News: ‘We found a baby on the subway – now he’s our son’

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There are always so many terrible things going on at once, so read this to take a break from the madness.

Danny Stewart was rushing to meet his boyfriend for dinner when he ran past something lying on the floor of a New York subway station. Soon he would treasure it more than anything else in the world.

It was around eight o’clock on 28 August 2000, just past the frenzy of the New York rush hour when a subway train rattled down the track into 14th Street station, in the Chelsea district of Manhattan. Danny Stewart, 34, was late for dinner with his partner, Pete Mercurio, 32.

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Watch: These Thai kids ate up this Lady Gaga song.

Give me kids with attitude in literally anything, and I’m 100% on board.

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Good morning to these Thai children and ONLY to these Thai children.

And Granny! She did what needed to be done as well!

Chromatica ain’t really it for me, but the gays were crying and falling out all over Twitter when Stefani’s lil drizzly song with Mumbles McGee came out so I just be quiet. Let them have their lil joy or whatever. I’ll be over here streaming the actual pop masterpiece of the year instead.

However! You give me kids with attitude in literally anything, and I’m 100% on board. This 40 seconds is better than all of Drag Race All Stars 5, and the full video features some cameos from Drag Race Thailand, which is the superior franchise so far.

Now I have the energy to *get up and face the day!

(*continue scrolling through Twitter for another 17 hours)

 

 

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