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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Open Letter to Westport Teens

Open Letter to Westport Teens:

I, 7 months pregnant, was strolling down Main Street with my husband the other evening. A few small packs of teenagers were hanging around the area. We slowly neared one gang of teens whose scooters were blocking the sidewalk. One of them spotted us, told his buddies, “We have to get these off the sidewalk” and promptly moved his gear out of the way to let us through.

We walked through. I didn’t say “thank you.” I’m not sure why. Possibly because I was too busy being impressed that a bunch of adolescents would notice a random pregnant woman and her husband out for a quiet evening walk.

So thank you. Not just to the boy who moved his and his friend’s scooters, but to every young person in this town who steps out of their way to let me through, who smiles at my children, opens a door for us, or performs some other act of grace and kindness.

There are many of you in this town, and I notice every single one of you. I may not verbalize it (fine example I’m setting), but it’s young people like you who make me happy we moved here, and who make me hope our children grow up with the same courtesy and thoughtfulness.

Robin Chung


Posted 07/29/08 at 09:38 PM  Permalink


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