The book centered around the year 1940 and all the war-related events of that year: Hitler’s invasion of the Low Countries, Churchill’s coming to power, Dunkirk, the Blitz, FDR’s election to the third term, and the isolationism in the USA.
I told the author (via email) of my appreciation for the book and added, “That year is also special because I made my appearance on March 28, 1940.”
After thinking about that a moment, I added, “But don’t think me old just because I was born in 1940.”
Later, reflecting on that, I wondered why I’d gone to the trouble to say that, seeing as how I do not know that author and don’t expect to meet him. Why was that important to me?
I decided it’s a personal thing.
None of us want to be pigeon-holed because of demographics or statistics, nor for preconceptions or ignorance. Just because you are a Southerner does not make you a redneck. Living in Mississippi does not mean you are barefooted. All Louisianians do not speak Cajun. All Yankees are not rude.
Here’s a short list of assumptions I do not want people making about me. Again, it’s just a personal thing. Readers will have your own list.
Do not assume…
1) that I’m humorless just because I’m a preacher.
2) that I’m idle just because I’m retired.
3) that I’m unquestioning just because I’m a Christian.
4) that I’m saintly just because I’ve been saved since 1951.
5) that I’m intolerant just because I’m evangelistic.
6) that I’m homophobic just because I’m a conservative Christian.