To be clear, Laura and I really aren't falling out about the thumb sucking thing and Sophia, I'm fairly certain, knows we love and adore her. So fear not, my friends, for this thumb sucking will not lead to divorce or estrangement within the family! I was simply employing the literary device of exaggeration to coax you into commenting for we really did want your advice.
I do appreciate the many comments you offered. Really good stuff to ponder. My desire for Sophia to quit, I've come to realize, stems from my own struggles with it as a child. I sucked my thumb for way
too long. My mom tried everything. Socks. Hot sauce. (I grew to really like hot sauce!) Bribery. I was persistent in my ways. Eventually, mom and dad went for the orthopedic device. Picture Wolverine's claws
glued to the top of your mouth. To say the least, it worked. But then my mom and dad and orthodontist forgot it was in there. It was left in way
too long. Just ask the first couple of girls I kissed.
So I realize that some of my "she must stop" stuff is really my experience projected upon her. I just don't want her to go through some of the same stuff I went through. At any rate, you have offered some good sound advice and so Laura and I will proceed with what you have said in mind.
Remember the ethical dilemma
about which I wrote? The one about the person who interviews perspective students for his college alma mater? The guy googled one of the applicants and found a disturbing blog in the applicant's name. The guy wanted to know if he could use this information as part of his evaluation?
I asked you what you thought was the "right" answer. Almost all of you who responded said that "yes, he should be able to use the blog and whatever else he finds on the web as part of his evaluation." At first read, I thought the same thing. However, Cohen disagrees.
Cohen first makes the point that these high school kids are ignorant of how public these online sites really are. Most of them, Cohen writes, think their sites are semi-private. It's only in college that they are made aware of how public they really are.
He then goes on to say, and this is what convinced me, that "such material will not be considered for most students. It's unfair to subject your interviews to this additional scrutiny." In other words, unless the application process makes it clear that those kind of queries will be made for everyone, then it isn't ethical to expand the search in that particular way for that particular person.
Finally, Cohen points to what we all know by now to be true: Many times online info is unreliable.
With all that said, I agree with Cohen.