I’m reminded of a conversation I had with my younger daughter. She was in 7th grade and told me that she didn’t think she was very smart.

I laughed. We lived in a wealthy town chock full of very educated and very bright people. She was measuring herself against their genetically and financially gifted children.

I told her that she would have a different opinion soon enough.

Years later, when at college, she called me. She told me she was thinking about what I had told her back in 7th grade. Having now experienced much more of the wider world, she had something to tell me: “Dad, you were so right. Average people are.. well, not at all like the people in our town.”

No, they aren’t. They most definitely are not.

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Retired Unix Consultant. Kicking back and enjoying writing now. Not seeking work, not selling anything. No longer responsible for my old aplawrence site.

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