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More on being different …

By Tony Hicks
Friday, March 19th, 2010 at 11:02 am in Uncategorized.

I wrote a column that runs in the paper Sunday – but online right here –  about my stepdaughter, and how she’s wonderfully unique, which hasn’t been a problem until very recently … now that’s she’s in second grade and kids are getting old enough to notice and make fun of “different” kids.

My sister-in-law Sonia – a great writer and someone we see a lot of in my stepdaughter – wrote her own take on her niece and growing up different, which I thought I’d share. Because, I don’t mean to beat this to death, but I think it’s a topic worth as much exploration as we can give it: teaching kids that being different is a great thing and, if you’re not, you should at least cut some slack to those who are.

Plus there’s an awesome picture of the two of them at the bottom of Sonia’s blog, taking a ride in the Bay on that big jet boat they have at Fisherman’s Wharf.

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3 Responses to “More on being different …”

  1. Sonia Says:

    Thank you, Tony, for the mention. You know, the family that blogs together, stays together.

    Rocket Boat!

  2. Rich Says:

    I took this picture a couple days after this column ran and meant to send it to you:

    Yeah, I know nut allergies are serious, but I couldn’t help myself…being a little nuts myself!


  3. Kasey Graham Says:

    I love your column and wanted to mention that I wrote a children’s book called “Finding a Dragonfly and a Daddy” which is about the day a girl’s (me) step-dad became daddy minus the word step. You seem to fall into the category of awesome stepdads. The girl in the book is your step-daughter’s age. It would be a cool read for the two of you! It is available on Just to be clear, I am not trying to make a sale for my awesome $1.85 commission. I just thought you two could relate to my book.

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