The Journal of spencer.
Parallels 02-12-09 21:28
Walking to rehearsal today, I passed some kids leaving school. They looked like your typical troublemakers-- as soon as they were off campus, one of them lit up a cigarette. They caught my attention because they were busy shouting "nigger" at buses, automobiles, and a passing police car.

"Nigger! Nigger!"

When I was young and living in my old house, I decided one night that I wanted to shout "damn it." "Damn it! Damn it!" I shouted, until my parents carried me down the hallway and put me in the garage.

The simple self-gratitude of yelling obscenities very quickly waned, and I moved on. They let me back inside.

"Nigger! Nigger!"

Did I grow up fast, or do others grow up slow?