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13 February 2009 @ 06:23 pm
Theatrical Muse: Week 269: Question 269  
Name: Dr. Sid Hammerback

Fandom: CSI: New York

Word Count: 774

Write about a time you were outsmarted.

I was born in Canada, but spent only such a short period of my early childhood there that I remember very little compared to all the recollections I have of my life in New York City. My parents, however, are both Canadians, accents and all, so their influence in infancy and beyond on my mannerisms and my speech, affect me greatly, even to this day. With NYC being as multicultural as it is, you wouldn’t notice the slight alterations in my pronunciation compared to any random person in the street, but it is there, I promise you. I speak fluent French as well, which may or may not be a dead giveaway depending on where you have travelled in Canada and who you have met.

On the street among average tourists and average city inhabitants, you wouldn’t note me down as unusual when I speak; neither do I find my own voice very unusual. Children are cruel though, and with atrocious accuracy the meanest can pinpoint the most minute differences in someone else and extrapolate it outwards to monstrous proportions. For a while, when I was very young, in first grade it was put around by some maligned individuals, older boys I am sure, that I brought snails to school for lunch. I assure you, I did no such thing, but speaking French, something I already did well at that age, the leap to the conclusion is simple, at least it is to someone older, to me now.

By the next week the kids were sure to have moved on to something else, and it was the Brazilian boy next I think, but the taunting was enough to send me to my mother with tears in my eyes, this I remember very well. She held me on her knee and recounted to me in that brazen manner she can sometimes have, that I was no different to the other children, counting with meticulous words my ten fingers, my ten toes, two eyes, two ears, a nose, a tongue, a pair of lips. Our parents are very smart individuals, for they come, after a point, well equipped with many stories and desires to make their offspring feel themselves to be the best that they can be. I was outsmarted that day, not in a negative or bad way, into thinking that I was a normal child, a boy, smart for all that he could do, and handsome too.

In my procession into adulthood, and in my early marriage to Marianne, I realised, had already realised for the most part, how smart my mother was, my father as well. They took a big step in taking themselves away from their whole world, from where they had grown up and fallen in love, and moving everything out here into this city, for work, for love, for money, and so I could see a better day ahead of me. They sought to teach me what they desired, and now I have come out the other end, into my own life, a smart and well adjusted individual.

I never quite grasped how important outsmarting your own children was until I had my own sons. In trying to teach them values of my own in hope they would grow up to be good people, several times I had to be quick stepped on my foot, ready to respond and assure them, assuage them of all their worries. It was a unique thing, to watch them adapt to the world they had come into, solving their problems and seeing their way through situations which have long since fallen to simplicity for even the most basic natured adult. While adults are brought up by their parents, parent or denoted carer, it is hard for us to realise the scope of the role undertaken to raise us, until we ourselves, are put in a similar place.

I am thankful to my parents for teaching me all that they did, crafty or not, for what they taught me and how they brought me up, have left me with valuable talents and ways of considering the world around me. I consider myself to be a polite and relatively normal man, but I am perfectly knowing that without my parents, I would not be the person I am today. In outsmarting me and challenging the way I thought about myself or the world at certain points of my life, both early and later, they have well seen that the future I have now is one in which I can manage and stand up for myself, irrelevant of the troubles or costs that get in my way.
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