Mar. 15th, 2011

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On Saturday night [livejournal.com profile] gentlescholar and I were walking to a party. We saw three teenagers coming toward us. Something in the set of their shoulders alarmed me. I went on high alert and took his hand. Both of us have our own reasons for being alert to hostile body language.

They came closer, and I started to think nothing would happen, they didn't meet our eyes. Then, just as they passed us, they all raised their arms and yelled "Rar!" Thinking to frighten us, I suppose. Instinctively, I yelled back "FUCK YOU!"

Then they were past us, their body language a little sheepish now, and we went into the party.

A few years ago I would have cringed away, or ran and then cried the rest of the day. I'm glad that isn't my response anymore - but I wish I could imagine any response to that kind of situation that would be compassionate and protective at the same time.

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