The tough population

“That’s a tough population” said my know-it-all sister who has worked as a rec therapist in human services for umpteen years. She was replying to my reply when she asked what I am studying. “CCW for the DD funded by CLBC” I said. We haven’t shared kind words about each other in more than a year and yet already she’s commenting with a critical tone on my latest pursuit. I’m trying to reinvent my life. I thought of it as a great opportunity. It didn’t take me long to figure out my reply “I’d rather not talk about it in a negative way because it’s all new for me and very exciting. And besides we’ve already learned not to label groups of people as ‘a tough population’.”

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