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Assets In Action: Be the change you want to see

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

There are so many things I want to write about, this week.
I think I have settled on the topic of Manti Te’o. I will take a different approach, though.
The background story is that this is a 20-something college student and football star that appears to have been duped, at least a portion of the time, in an online romance.
If we set the issue of guilty or not guilty, of knowing or not knowing, of being naive or being a master of deception aside, we have many other, more important issues to discuss.
When I watched the interview on the ABC show, “Katie,” the thing that bothered me the most were some things that related to his relationship with his parents.
I will start by saying that this appears to be a lovely family with only the best interest of each other at heart. A family with great core values, among them a love for each other.
The trouble comes when Te’o made several references of wanting his parents to be proud of him.
At the heart of that statement, is a lovely sentiment. A child actually cares what his parents think of him.
The problem I have, is that he was so worried that his father wouldn’t be proud of him, that he lied about ever meeting her face to face, so as not to disappoint him.


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