That toddlin’ town

My family is hosting a visitor from Canada-land this week. She’s had a bizarre cold for some time, so we planned a trip to the doctor. She phoned her Canadian insurance to find out the care provider for her plan, and they tried to send us to an address in a part of the city that I did not care to visit.

Actually, I refused to take her there, and demanded that she call back the company, explain the situation, get a new address, and have them take that address off of their list of recommended locations. What if an unwitting Canadian took the bus there?!

It’s tricky reconciling critical race theory learned in a classroom in cozy Dunton Tower in Ottawa with  genuine fear of being car-jacked (a fear that has been cultivated from a young age) on the South Side of Chicago.

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2 Responses to That toddlin’ town

  1. K B says:

    I believe it was Frank Sinatra who said, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”

    But he was in the mob, so you should probably just ignore that.

  2. amurphyao says:

    “Fear doesn’t travel well; just as it can warp judgment, its absence can diminish memory’s truth. What terrifies one generation is likely to bring only a puzzled smile to the next.” –Arthur Miller, “Why I Wrote ‘The Crucible'”, The New Yorker, October 21, 1996

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