I can't tell you the number of times I heard that - from my own family!!!! I still have a friend who tells me to get a job so I (64 in October) can get off Social Security, etc. He hasn't worked since he was 25!!! He got lucky and married my late cousin's ex, who worked at Ford for 25 years.

Me, I'm in a wheelchair. THAT's why I'm not rich. I worked, I owned a house for a bit, all the while collecting SSI. People told me since I was a kid, you're smart, intelligent, decent looking, but yet, all people see is my chair. I'm a liability, a burden.

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Sometimes, you have to just shrug these things off and realize they're not worth your time. The stress of the past few years have bore out the obvious: Some people aren't worth your time, effort, respect, friendship and love.

That being said, this person is an asshole. A troll. I would play The Hollywood Squares and take Lola Falana for the block.

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Interesting perscpective. My dad wasn't all that, either, but at least he was around. My step-father, on the other hand, was a loud, boisterious braggart. (my dad died last February, my step in May) Also, you write about an '80s dad.' Mine was a '60s dad.' He was OK, fun to be around, but not very supportive, either (at least in terms of support for my mother and siblings). I wrote a few years ago, 'we should all be six and happy.' Fifty-eight years later, that still holds true.

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Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson

Purveyor of Truth and Facts. Boarding school survivor. World traveler. Lifelong Detroiter. Loves good TV, movies, sports and friends and family. Mostly.