I remember my mother at certain times would stop speaking with one person or another or wouldn’t shop at a particular store for reasons that were not quite clear to me, for I was a child… However I did realize that she had her reasons.

I also remember during my adolescent phase, which perhaps lasted longer than it should have, where my opinionated unwarranted expressions caused great offense; and I would leave with the knowledge that I had created some hurt feelings , however not necessarily knowing what they were.

Later I learned that even a fool who remains silent can appear wise.

Lately it has come to my attention that asking someone a question can brush up against their sensitivities and cause a reaction not dissimilar to how my mother responded.

I am beginning to understand why certain individuals in society become reclusive in their later years.

I have determined I will not take this path going forward due to the fact that its too predictable and I don’t know if I could live without the human entertainment value.

Dennis Mantin

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