Friday, January 29, 2010

The Portrait of the Activist as a Young Girl


I've been digging through some old papers lately, and found this letter my sister Jen wrote to me when I was in my last year of high school (March 9, 1981), and she was in sixth grade. Her plea is very heartfelt, and I believe she feels similarly today.

I wrote some sage, older sisterly advice, but I didn't include it. Apparently she didn't like my response because she crossed it out and wrote: "Nobody understands!" Here is a transcript of her letter.

"I hate hunters!! they kill animals. I hate all people who hurt any amimals! I wish the animals would kill lots of people and take over the world. I love animals and they love me, I know. and I love to watch birds and animals I love pigeons too. lots and lots of people hate pigeons. Dad hates pigeons but I love them, too. They are too dumb!! Wrong. people won't listen, there too dumb to know were animals too. I love every animal there is. I know we have to eat, but how do vegetarians live? answer that. "

3 comments:

jennifer said...

i remember that! it sort of shows you how some of our early personality traits, in my case compassion for animals, do not change at their core, only branch out more.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the viewpoints expressed on this blog.

Jonathan

janet said...

why do you suppose she didn't write me such a heartfelt letter? It's not like i would have stuffed a piece of bologna in her face.