My latest post is up over at The Soccer Mom Vote.
She taught me that when in public I should "walk like an exclamation point, not like a question mark" to show confidence and power. She taught me to cultivate my instincts and to get the hell out of a situation if it felt at all hinky. She taught me to blame her if needed, teaching me to speak the words, "My mom said no" even if I hadn't yet asked her, but just felt it would be a bad idea on some level. My father taught me practical advice as well. "You've got no more than three hits, kido. If you can't stop a man from hurting you in three hits, you're toast. Hit him here (balls), here (eyes) and here (throat or knee, depending on what was available). Do it fast and with all your might. Then run like hell. Got it?"
Oh yeah, I had it.
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