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on Role Modeling for P-Kids
I would like to respond to Laura B.'s letter last month [(Be
a Role Model for P-Kids].
As you and other
visitors here know by now, I've lifted the veil as far as anyone possibly
can when it comes to not hiding my P [Roger is a card-carrying
nudist. –Ed]. And over the years I've had a lot of children ask me
about my condition. I've always been patient and honest with them, and
they have never failed to respond positively to that. I would hope that
sticks with those children in the years ahead. Does that make me any kind
of a role model? I'm not sure. Maybe more a walking, talking textbook,
which I think is just as important.
I can't really address
the issue of a child with P since I have never encountered one. But I can
relate in some sense to what may have been happening with the man in
question. Several years ago I was offered a job in a state run facility
caring for mentally retarded and other special needs children. I could not
take that job because I was overwhelmed by the emotions their plight
stirred within me.
Perhaps this man found
himself in a similar situation. In a different setting, minus the element
of surprise, perhaps the encounter would have been more pleasant and
productive for both. At least I would hope so.
I fully agree that we
all need as much positive reinforcement as we can get. Laura’s son is
very fortunate that Laura is so supportive and I hope that as time goes by
Hunter will meet others psoriatics who will reinforce the good values
Laura is instilling in him now.
To Laura I say: Keep up the good work and know you have friends and supporters here if nowhere else. -Roger D.
Thank you, Roger. Your
observation is right on about what might have been going on in the man’s
head who walked away from Hunter’s inquiries about his psoriasis.
Reading your possible explanation for the man’s behavior was one
of those forehead-slapping experiences for me.
Of course! I could
easily imagine myself being so overwhelmed with emotion that flight was my
only response. In a sense,
that was what I was doing when I left Atlanta.
I could have stayed to meet my client’s psoriatic daughter, but I
Thanks for showing us
another facet to the situation. One
thing I’m convinced of, in the Hunter/Stranger encounter, emotions were
leading the action, not intellect. -Ed