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Tears of a Parent aka Oh How I Cry

My children may never know
How many tears I shed for them
Tears of joy for their successes
Tears of sadness when they are down
Tears of regret for my mistakes
Tears of anguish at my shortcomings
Tears of frustration for lack of time
Tears of angst for their future
Tears of confusion when they do not listen
Tears of acknowledgment that they walk their own path
Tears of befuddlement for making the simple hard
Tears of acceptance for innocence lost
Tears of pride for the compliments they receive
Tears of satisfaction when they smile at their achievements
Tears of ecstasy seeing them grow into independent adults

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Never agree to disagree

I will never agree to disagree. To agree to disagree is nothing more than declaring, "I am fluxomed by your argument so you can piss off." It declares that you do not have the skills to continue the debate. Agreeing to disagree is the adult equivalent of putting your fingers in your ears and chanting nah nah nah nah. Rise above. Do not succumb to anti-intellectualism by agreeing to disagree.