Sometimes the way people talk or the way they act is intensely disappointing.
Sometimes I just want to block all of that out.
And tell my children.
Don’t pretend to be less intelligent.
Don’t pretend to understand less than you do.
Not because it’s convenient. Or funny. Or easier. Or lets people off the hook.
Don’t pretend that people who accept that from you are worthwhile.
Don’t pretend that if you dumb yourself down, eventually you won’t have a hard time standing up.