> At home my roll model was my dad. I would come raging obnoxiously
> about something and he would look up from his reading and say,"Cut her
> a wide path. She is loaded for BEAR." This always triggered the cool
> down needed before we could really get to the problem. He would never
> buy into my rage. I could always bait my mother and get her really
> riled and upset. He eventually taught her how to react to an
> obnoxious teen and my control over my mom was over big time!
> We had a section in the town where I teach that most people would not
> drive through. I needed to drive through and some young men were
> playing ball in the street. I slowed and they continued to play. Then
> they stopped and surrounded my car just looking intimidating. I knew
> I was in deep stuff. Suddenly one recognized me & these tough guys
> turned all sweet and smiling and escorted my car through the
> neighborhood. As Woody can also witness once they trust you the sky
> will open and the sun will shine in. Then a new kid will enroll and
> the contrast will prove how far you have come.