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Quotes of the Day: “Despise.”

Posted by | May 21, 2015 | BAMBINOS | 4 Comments

I used to post quotes from K&O on the blog all the time. I don’t do it often these days because, at age — now 11 — GULP! — their quotes have evolved from “cute” to often-bordering-on-too-embarassing(embarassing-to-them)-to post. I have a rule for myself to not post stuff that might really humiliate them, and I usually check in with them to get permission before posting anything nowadays. They gave me explicit permission to post about this particular thing today.

This afternoon I was helping them study for tomorrow’s spelling test. Last spelling test of the school year! WOO HOO! I was quizzing them on their list of words — they need to know spellings and definitions. One of their words this week is “despise.” They both spelled it correctly. And both defined it correctly.

I then said, “So, Kyle, what do you despise most in this world?” Without any hesitation, literally without missing even 1/8th-of-a-second-of-a-beat, Kyle said, “What humans have done over time.” I was really stunned that this just spilled out of him so quickly. I turned to Owen and said, “Owen what do you despise most in this world?” He immediately said, “Segregation. Racism.” Again, I was really stunned with how quickly and confidently they could answer that question — and with how intense their answers were.

Love them.


  • Gail McCormick says:

    Did you find out what Kyle meant? I ask because many children are becoming concerned about climate change and are anxious about it.

    • Heather says:

      I asked Kyle to elaborate, and I wrote it down verbatim. He said, “What people have done throughout history. How they’ve treated each other. Slavery. The Holocaust. Discrimination.”

  • Sharon says:

    I love your kids.

  • Kate says:

    I couldn’t agree more Kyle & Owen. Thanks for sharing Heather. I watched The Help last week for the first time, found it powerful & thought-provoking.
    – Kate

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