Bellringer skits -Reply
Stan Hodge (STANH@MAIL.TDOC.TEXAS.GOV)
Tue, 19 Sep 1995 14:36:49 -0600
Actually, I don't suppose the central figure in these skits needs to be a
handicapped person. Someone with both arms could still "use his head"
to ring a bell. I think it does not hurt us to be sensitive to others' feelings
I wouldn't want to hurt someone unintentionally. If there's a way around
it, why not adapt?
Think before you begin about who could possibly be offended. Polack
jokes are no longer appropriate. But Aggies expect the jokes (at least
the Texas A&M types -- make the polack an Aggie. Would you tell a joke
about a blind man if one of your boys was blind? If the answer is "no",
perhaps we shouldn't tell it at all unless it can be reworked to apply more
universally to all of us and our human foibles and weaknesses.
I am not meaning to flame or throw cold water. I loved the bell ringer
skits; i saved them, filed them, and will probably use them. It's just after
reading all of your comments, I began to feel a little sensitive about them.
I love a good story. I really do. But when I inadvertently hurt someone, I
wind up wishing I'd never opened my mouth. I think when I use the skts,
my bell ringer will be less disabled and more creative in his approach to
bell ringing than most of might have been. (The less creative of us would
probably have used a rope -- but you knew what I meant.)
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