2 Secrets for Navigating Relationships from Born a Crime

He chose to have me in his life. He chose to answer my letter. I was wanted. Being chosen is the greatest gift you can give to another human being.

Trevor Noah

There are so many secrets for navigating relationships in Trevor Noah‘s Born A Crime, but these two quotes stood out to me.

My younger daughter had to read the book years ago for school and told me I had to read it. I finally got around to it and regret not picking it up sooner. I can’t tell you how many times I laughed aloud, vented anger, and shed tears reading this book.

The first secret is the simple reminder that we all want to be chosen by another human being.

The second of many other secrets for navigating relationships in this book has to do with the importance of language:

When you make the effort to speak someone else’s language, even if it’s just basi phrases here and there, you are saynig to them, “I understand that you have a culture and identity that exists beyond me. I see you as a human being.”

Gardening Notes

Last fall I purchased an Allium Millennium. It survived the winter out on our windy balcony. If you look closely, there are buds. I cannot wait for it to bloom.

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