differences lessons of acceptance taught by children by Travis Griffith photo provided My son is beginning to notice the differences in people... sometimes with humorous results and sometimes with eye-opening profoundness. W e were at Home Depot when my little guy, who at 6-yearsold is still learning about public appropriateness, loudly pointed out a woman in the checkout line who "needed to exercise." Luckily we were a fair distance from her so there were no hurt feelings, but my wife and I were torn between being appalled and wanting to burst out laughing; not at the woman but because we laugh when we're taken so off guard. On the positive side, we were able to turn the situation into a valuable lesson of accepting people for who they are. Our next lesson in children's unique perceptions came during the presidential campaign season, which my son took quite an interest in. He asked questions about both party's nominated candidates, declaring quite early in the race that the "brown guy" was going to win and be our next president. This is about the same time he began a passionate following of the Seattle Seahawks, pointing out that many of the players are | January 2009 | Q View Northwest - Spokane Edition | www.qviewnorthwest.com