I am Jewish. When we moved into our neighborhood, we discovered our neighbors directly across the street were Jehovah’s Witness. I had many assumptions about them, none of which turned out to be true. We ended up living across from each other for 10 years, raising our kids and their grandkids together. I became close with their whole extended family, and cherish the time I had with them. They moved away a few months ago, and their presence is sorely missed.
Deborah Milbauer - February 5th, 2014 at 9:26 pm
When I first met her I assumed she was shallow, not so bright, and maybe not hard working. She was wearing trendy clothing in colors too bright and had meticulously dyed blond hair and flawless makeup. Not that she needed an of these things. She was clearly a natural beauty and always had been. She got by on her good looks, I thought. That’s probably why she got into this grad school program, I supposed–not like me who had to rely on my skills and experience.
Within days of working together, I found out the truth: she was one of the hardest working, nicest, most accepting, and talented people I’d ever met. In addition, she’d been though a hell of a lot of heartache to be where I found her. She also happens to be beautiful, stylish, and well groomed.
Amy Cole-Farrell - February 13th, 2014 at 8:30 am
I was a grad student in Calgary and was asked to meet a new student from Scotland at the airport and bring him to campus (I guess me being a MacDonald they figured I should do this – or perhaps would be stupid enough to agree). I had a sort of abrupt and seemingly uppity communication from the guy and when I met him he was pale, pudgy, greasy and actually had an open shirt with shark tooth necklace. I thought this is the most arrogant, unkempt loser I am every likely to meet (I considered renouncing my Scots heritage also). I was just floored. Anyway, he turned out to be one of the most fun, self-deprecating and open people I have ever met. As for being a loser – He went on to do graduate research in the Salomon Islands, become a Royal Navy Officer and then a very successful executive in the UK with a lovely family. He still remains funny, self-deprecating, open and a great friend. He did eventually lose the shark tooth necklace – which on balance is a good thing.