On the Outs with Indigos
Insights only: Pardon me for sounding skeptical, but haven't we all seen and/or heard about people like this before ["Alien-ated Youth," by Dylan Otto Krider, December 19]? Extremely gifted and talented children who are left unchallenged by their classes and often cause behavior problems are nothing new.
I will have to see much more research on the subject before I'll buy into the "Indigo children" concept. They certainly don't sound like a new level of human evolution, as your article claims -- just individuals who were given the gift of greater insight into certain areas of life than most of us.
Star skeptic: I can't help chuckling at this satirical article, even if it is somewhat mean-spirited to point and giggle at the village idiot who has befouled his pants and isn't even aware of it.
You know, for just a moment I was fooled into thinking this article was printed with a straight face. But then I decided that just couldn't possibly be the case. I mean, a child saying "cookah" instead of "cookie" or needing to be coaxed to do homework is evidence that the child is a new paradigm of human evolution, or an outright alien intelligence?
Howlingly funny stuff, that. Of course, the editors at the Press printed this story with tongue planted firmly in cheek -- or else they too have a load in their drawers and vacant grins on their faces.
Heavy on the light: In the late '50s my mother had miscarried after three children, so my parents tried again. Early in the third trimester of her pregnancy, a strange light shone through her bedroom wall. She felt empty until the light appeared again, when she says she felt better. This time she carried to term.
I was the result.
I was reading by the time I was nine months old. At three years old, sexual maturity was far away for me, but somehow I knew what it meant when I read the Old Testament story about a man spilling his seed so his wife would not become with child.
I've never been sick or broken a bone. On those rare occasions when I've been cut, my blood doesn't dry the same color as everyone else's; instead it turns to the color of my skin, and the wound is healed within 24 hours.
I've learned not to excel in sports or in any field, because attention and money are not for me. The children you write about know why I am here, and soon will be hearing my call.
Be without fear. We are to be your shepherds, custodians. After you are gone, and we are left behind, then humanity can begin to achieve its meant destiny.
Surely even the dullest of you can understand why I'm remaining anonymous.
Name withheld by request
The innermost aura: The real mystery here is that it took us this long to recognize that children are sensitive, creative and intelligent. I must admit, I still wonder about what happens to those of us who grew up with puke-colored auras. Maybe they'll figure out someday that we're special, too.
Geriatric gene-pooler: These kids certainly are the next step in evolution, and thank God!
By some weird genetic mutation they are light-years ahead of their parents and grandparents in the smarts department. Who cares if aliens manipulated their DNA? Maybe it's a good thing to get rid of the shallow end of that particular gene pool.
I drew pictures of rainbows when I was three, and 60 years later I still have the pictures. I also did not like homework or structure in the schoolroom, thought my parents were idiots and did the same things these kids are doing. I guess I'm an early, early Indigo. Give me a break.
Martha J. Terrill
Leave Bolivar be: It seems to me that the developers in these parts won't be satisfied until they've managed to pave over or build on every possible square inch of territory, regardless of whether people want it or need it ["Taking a Toll," by Scott Nowell, December 12].
Leave Bolivar as it is: someplace that both people and birds can enjoy.
Statue of Limitations
Fig-leaf follies: Regarding the Montgomery County censorship fiasco ["(Cl)ass Warfare," by Beth Gullett, December 5]: How frightening that they went so far as to vandalize Michelangelo's statue with a silly fig leaf. They should remove the statue entirely if they can't respect the artwork. It's just embarrassing.
Name withheld by request
Batty over News
24/7 = 0: So the all-Houston, all-the-time news station hits the air or, well, cable [News Hostage, by Richard Connelly, December 19]. Could it be that my journalism training leaves me in the dark?
Houston's 24/7 is less than is desired. Specifically, boring. Local, state and national news is boring, nearly infotainment -- worse than an infomercial.
To quote a Batman movie phrase per the news media, "what this town (this state, this country) needs is an enema!"
Special status: As technology instructor for T.H. Rogers School in Houston, I want to thank the Houston Press for voting us the best school in Houston [Best of Houston issue, September 26]. I included the logo on our Web site front page and enabled the logo to point to the article with all credits.
I hope we do the best in 2003! Come on by to ms.houstonisd.org/throgers. Thanks again. The school is one in a million.
Thomas J. Wilson
To no end: Thanks for nothing, Robert Wilonsky ["Schmidt Happens," December 19].
I'm sure About Schmidt is a wonderful movie, and I had every intention of going to see it. However, that will not be necessary since you chose to tell us everything that happened in the movie. Is it possible to review a movie without revealing all the plot elements?
Why refer to race? Your article on the KRS-One show at Fitzgerald's [The Nightfly, by Craig D. Lindsey, December 19] was interesting and unintentionally funny until you felt the need to point out that Sarah Fitzgerald's friend was black.
Was that necessary?
Why not go ahead and state the race of every person you mention in an article?
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Editor's note: The writer mentioned the race of Fitzgerald's friend in an attempt to show that the dispute did not split along racial lines.
The club's to blame: I would have to find the Fitzgerald's establishment at fault in the matter. Although unfortunately I missed the show, I have often heard about Fitzgerald's being involved in monetary disputes with band after band.
It doesn't surprise me if they attempted to stiff a touring act. I hope KRS-One's vigilant protest serves as a lesson for the club to treat its bands right and to not sleaze out.