don't get me wrong... i don't preach or moralize, i try not to judge anyone, and i have a hard-nosed practical side... and i screw up plenty!... and i like being silly/goofy/playful and not too serious! but i always do my best to live up to the ideals and dreams of my teenage years... and now to those of my killer teen, perhaps. above all else, i like to build bridges... and i try to fight near-universal scourges (child slavery, human trafficking, misogyny, racism, homophobia, ...) and when i can, i work toward reducing misery and the ravages of dire poverty.
being driven by idealism and dreams, and understanding the world through "universal human experiences" has brought me great joy! for instance, on one of the happiest days of my life, i exhaled with relief as i watched my traditional and conservative extended family in rural india doting after my cute and sparkly 6-y.o. jewish-american little one whom i had first met only at 3-1/2... what with no one speaking the other's language!!! as i had hoped, the language of play and love sufficed. they adore one another to this day and my bright, spunky, progressive, adopted 18-y.o. daughter is a regular welcome visitor in an ethereal tropical rainforest in south india. the "universal" part i mentioned above became more evident when i watched my daughter's american family here at hanukkah and the beautiful mayhem they created around her and my little indian nephews! :)
my F&F generally find me to be positive and supportive, non-judgmental, affectionate and playful... and consistent.