@redwhitebluedude This was almost my story. A brother I adored who began smoking pot, then to harder drugs, then to prison. My brother was better. He didn't become a neo-nazi gang member. But that damn poison took his life.

Rapinoe, instead of seeing that watching her big brother go down this dark path kept her on a better path - as that's how I see it for me - instead is angry.

If he was on drugs at 12 I guarantee she lived a life in fear as I did. She’s angry and takes it out on America.

@umad80 Well, people react differently to similar circumstances. Glad this came out and thank you for your input. I am very appreciative of that. Puts this in proper perspective.

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This example is exactly why this forum is so wonderful. We learn of others experiences that allow us view things differently.

Thank you @umad80 for sharing yours. ❤️

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Yup, I knew following people like @ThomasWic and @Debradelai
goes beyond politics. You can gleam some life lessons off of them.

@redwhitebluedude @JM @umad80 @ThomasWic @Debradelai just keep a dictionary handy because they will test your knowledge of the English language. Which to me is actually refreshing after 2 decades of "LOL"

@redwhitebluedude @WarriorPoet @JM @ThomasWic @Debradelai Same. That's a good thing as I love to learn and I love writing (fiction) so it's always good to know more words. 👍

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