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June 23, 2010


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Christine Hurt

I tend to think of strangers as friends we haven't met yet, so this doesn't bother me. I do think it's funny that sitting cross-legged isn't "Indian-style" anymore. It's "criss-cross applesauce." Cute!

D. Daniel Sokol

"It was an accident" being uttered when whatever happened clearly was intentional on the part of the pre-schooler. Christine, I also discovered that "Indian Red" is no longer in the crayola box. Instead it is called "chestnut".

Jacqueline Lipton

If strangers are friends we haven't met yet, what's an acquaintance?

Also, I don't know if this is temporal or cultural, but when I was a kid in Australia we used to call the game where you sit in a circle and send a whispered message around from person to person "Chinese whispers". I know my kids call it "telephone". But that could be a cross-country difference.

Dan Filler

When I was 11, my family moved to Israel for six months. On my first day at my new Israeli school, I was introduced to the person who was assigned to be my friend. His qualification? He spoke English.

Jacqueline Lipton

I suppose that's as good a qualification as any, under the circumstances...

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