WHEN I WAS in high school, I would come home after athletic practice and sit down at the dinner table. My father would ask me, "Hey, what did you do at school today, Dex?." Usually, I would respond with a grunt. Well, my dad didn't like grunts, so he would say something like: "Come on, son! You must have done something today, and your mother and I would like to hear about it." With no chance for escape, I would proceed to tell them a few details. It seemed that, without fail, we would drift into a tense discussion about crime, violence, racism, the use of alcohol, smoking, loose sex or how late I should stay out on weekends. Things would usually cool down over dessert, but often, when I would leave the table to do homework, I could overhear one of them saying, "I just don't like the way Dexter is being influenced at school."
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