Kids Need Role Models. Be Theirs, Or They’ll Look for One Elsewhere

Stacked shipping containers in turquoise, light blue, and dark blue. Right a red one, dark blue, and light blue. The image is taken from the ground up. In the middle is a Blob wearing a purple shirt and smoking a joint. It’s wearing sunglasses to look cool.
Photo by OSG Containers on Unsplash; illustration by the author

Growing up, I was a shy kid. The sketching pad and paintbrush were my best friends. I found love mostly in art and self-expression. I had human friends too. These relationships didn’t get a chance to…

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