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Speaking of elderly parents

... I spoke to my 84 year old mother on the phone last night. After the usual 15 minutes of telling me who died, who's sick, and my Dad's ailing kidneys, she said, "Well, the black guy won again." I was disheartened but not surprised. It's so weird. She's a loving, kind, generous, warm-hearted woman who would never be cruel to anyone or turn anyone away from her door if they needed something. She's been through a lot in her life. But, typical of people of that generation, she has antiquated and offensive ideas about race and sexuality. It's the same with my 91 year old father. Loving, warm, funny, smart, witty, kind, generous, etc. But he also holds the same ideas. How do you, as a child of elderly old-fashioned parents, deal with this kind of thing? I don't want to "correct" them or start any arguments. But I usually shut down those conversational streams before they go too far.


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