ends up shocking me again! Now let me just say I truly thought I had gotten through to her and changed her racist thoughts just a little. I'm not naive (my husband might beg to differ on that one), and I know that it takes a lot more than a couple of conversations to change years of racists thoughts, but I have seen it happen little by little with many people in my life and I thought it was happening here as well. Apparently, not so much. So I guess now instead of talking to me about her racist beliefs she has decided to share these thoughts with others at my job. Does she not realize this is going to get back to me?! C'mon now. Yesterday it went a little like this.....somehow the topic of her children came up, who by the way she does not speak to, and she said the reason she doesn't to speak to one of her sons is because "He is married to a black." Yes "a black." Wow....really!? What year are we in? What century is she from? Oh wait, it gets much worse. Then she proceeds to share her "lovely" feelings about black people and how much she hates them. Oh I'm not done yet. It just keeps going downhill from there! Then she starts talking about the grandbaby in the equation, and she says, "Yes, and my son has a monkey baby from her too." Are you kidding me!!!!!!!??? That comment made me sick to my stomach. How on earth do you feel this way about your own grandchild? How, how, how!!?? The thought of someone even saying that about a child is quite possibly the saddest thing I have ever heard. Sad and sick. The irony of this entire conversation is, later in the day she called to thank me for all I do. Yes, thank me!!! Of course she has no idea that I'm aware of this earlier conversation. My first thought was to say bye bye to her forever but instead, this is what I'm going to do...I'm going to gently bring up the subject again and I'm going to keep talking to her, and I AM going to educate her. I am determined to change her hate to love or at least to acceptance. Old wounds can be healed and new relationships can be formed if she can just start seeing beneath the skin!