When I was 28, I had to go through about six months adjusting when random kids around town would ask me to buy them cigarettes or beer (US suburbia it’s common – and I always said no), no longer said “Hey”, or “Hey dude” or Bro or whatever. Suddenly it was “Hey Mister?” or “Sir?” So… anybody who said that to me… I’d instantly think of those kids and it would mess my brain up.

When I was 28, I had to go through about six months adjusting when random kids around town would ask me to buy them cigarettes or beer (US suburbia it’s common – and I always said no), no longer said “Hey”, or “Hey dude” or Bro or whatever.

Suddenly it was “Hey Mister?” or “Sir?”

So… anybody who said that to me… I’d instantly think of those kids and it would mess my brain up.

I’d buy it sometimes when I was younger but by that age, I was long done messing around. Still felt bad for them in a way — they couldn’t help being young and unable to buy stuff they wanted. But I knew better by then.

 

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